1. At @DemsWork4USA we are supportive of progressive candidates that win their districts. We are supportive of @Ocasio2018 - she is positioned to win a highly blue community and we're excited for the impact she can make in her district. That impact matters.
2. Using that win to advocate for candidates that are unsuited for their districts is not a strategically sound tactic. Pro-Bernie pacs may be pushing her in this direction, but it isn't advisable for the district or for her and her constituents.
3. Pre-election, she should be laser focused on her constituents and their particular issues. She's not a pawn nor symbol -- nor should she wish to be. Anyone who truly cares about flipping seats in conservative districts should not be making this a referendum on Bernie.
4. Bernie ran in 2016 with a 'populist' approach. The idea he pushed was that the Dem party had ruined itself by focusing on 'identity politics' and that if we focused primarily on economic issues then we would claim the WHITE working class...and, therefore, the revolution.
5. As a party, we are concerned with more than whites. That doesn't mean we're not concerned about white working class, but that we're concerned about 'working class' across the board. Particularly, we're concerned about equality and opportunity.
6. We believe that inequality steals opportunity from communities. We believe that the issues of systemic racism, mysoginy, homophobia and nationalism must be addressed to have a society that lifts up all people.
7. Sharice Davids @sharicedavids is an incredibly strong candidate. She is an indigenous LGBTQ woman who has the mentality and fight in her to make a true difference in #KS03. She CAN win. This is not the Bronx and not the place to subvert a candidate who represents progress.
8. This midterm election, we should be more concerned than ever with the focused goal of winning elections and having the strength and power to fight the GOP and push policy in a direction that supports ALL people.
9. Stay focused on winning. Push left where you can, but not at the sacrifice of winning or experience. We already dealt with this in California and managed to get through the potential risk of top-two GOP wins. These are decisions that should be determined by the people.
10. The premise we operate on is that the cue must be taken from the people. They can be brought along, but not overnight -- you must win seats and have viable policy and deliverables on that policy -- or you have nothing. You must have people who can work across the aisle.
11. DeLeon over Feinstein is not what the people voted for. The political tenor of the Bronx is not the same as Kansas. These are things people must come to terms with. This isn't about your personal agenda. This is about the country as a whole.

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