A Boston-based group called New Politics is trying to help veterans and other public servants break into politics. This election cycle, they’re working with Maura Sullivan, a New Hampshire congressional candidate and a Marine veteran.
The carpetbagging criticism could be especially difficult to launch against Democratic candidates who left the district to serve their country.
“Americans understand that service to country can take you many places, including away from the community in which you’d most like to live,” said Emily Cherniack, the founder of New Politics, a bipartisan group that backs candidates with service backgrounds.
The "real veteran" remark by Kelly, a Republican who represents the 3rd congressional district, brought sharp criticism from New Politics, a group that encourages veterans to run for public office.
New Politics said Kelly was "denigrating Conor Lamb's military service" and that "it's unacceptable for any elected official to dishonor the nature of a veteran's service."
To Cherniack, assembling a new crop of elected officials feels foundational to creating a different kind of discourse — and a fresh approach to government. “We always say the lack of political leadership in this country is not for lack of leaders,” she says. “We know where they are. They’re just not running, and they’re not in elected office.”
Emily Cherniack, founder and executive of the group New Politics, called Matias “a product of the American Dream.”
“At a time when Washington is filled with politicians who are more concerned with promoting themselves than serving their communities, Juana’s a proven leader who represents real change,” she said.
If you’ve served our country and believe in putting people before politics, and you’re asking yourself, “How should I respond to this moment?” you’re also not alone. You’re a servant leader, you’ve already made the choice to step up and serve your country in the past, and you burn with a desire to continue to serve in the most powerful and effective way possible in this turbulent era. Perhaps you’ve even wondered if it’s time for you to step up and seek elected office as a next step in your service journey. After all, we are seeing what politics looks like when party comes before country.
“Progressives talk and talk about diversity. Then let’s get behind somebody!” said Emily Cherniack, founder and executive director of New Politics, a bipartisan group that supports candidates with national and military service backgrounds. Cherniack, who recruited Representative Seth Moulton to run for office, is now advising and urging Matias to run. “We have to be allies and put out our networks and resources.”
Dan Helmer says he was contacted by New Politics, an organization that, per its website, helps “promising national service alumni and military veterans run for public office.”
He described Trump’s victory as an animating moment. “On January 20th,” he said, “as [my wife] and I watched the inauguration, we asked ourselves, ‘What are we going to tell our sons what we did?’”
Perry, who has gay fathers, most recently worked at a nonprofit supporting children of LGBT parents. He has been endorsed by New Politics, a bipartisan group backing candidates with public service backgrounds, and Brand New Congress, a group formed by staffers with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
“There are so many who want to run that we’re aiming to endorse about two dozen veteran candidates across the country by the election in 2018,” he said in an interview on Boston Herald Radio in July, emphasizing the trust that military service inspires in voters.
“The status quo isn’t working,” Moulton said in a statement Wednesday. “We’re not going to fix the problems facing Americans today without a fresh perspective and a new approach in Washington.”
A four-year-old organization that supports veterans and national service alumni who run for office announced Monday its endorsement of Patrick Davis, an Iraq War veteran and 2004 West Point graduate who’s running for Orange County executive. “Pat Davis comes from a background of service and sacrifice, and our political system needs more leaders like him, who have dedicated their lives in service to their country and community,” Emily Cherniack, founder and executive director of New Politics, said in a press release. “At a time when the public’s trust in government is at an all-time low, servant leaders like Davis will help restore faith in our institutions by putting citizens first and holding government accountable.”
New Politics, a national organization that recruits and supports national service alumni and military veterans, is getting involved in Pennsylvania’s Congressional races, rolling out two endorsements in the last two weeks.
Last week, New Politics endorsed Chrissy Houlahan, who is running to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello next year.
Both Moulton and Ryan were also recruited to run for Congress through the Boston-based group New Politics, that works to recruit those with public service backgrounds to run for office. The group helped recruit Moulton for his 2014 run for congress.
Ryan said he began considering a run for Congress through a network of military veterans that includes Rep. Seth Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran and Democrat who represents Massachusetts’ sixth congressional district. Ryan said he also had conversations with New Politics, a Boston-based group that works to recruit those with public service backgrounds to run for office and helped recruit Moulton for his 2014 run for Congress.
“He’s a combat veteran. I think he operates, and he learned how to operate, with courage, and he operates with courage daily, and I think that’s unique,” said Emily Cherniack, who helped recruit Moulton to run in 2014 and founded New Politics, which assists candidates with backgrounds in public service.
David Heifetz cleaned out his desk at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in January and joined the effort to get public servants elected to office.
Heifetz, 28, who had written speeches for former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett since August 2015, is now the chief communications officer of New Politics, a nonprofit that recruits and consults with candidates from public service backgrounds to run for public office.