Yet across the country, better results arrived for candidates endorsed by her organization, New Politics: Jason Crow, another Army veteran, flipped a suburban House seat in Colorado from Republican to Democrat. Mikie Sherrill, a former Naval aviator, did the same in New Jersey, while Max Rose, an Afghanistan combat veteran, turned a chunk of Staten Island blue. In Pennsylvania, a former US Air Force reservist named Chrissy Houlahan wrested a House seat from a Republican challenger.
New Politics is dedicated to recruiting people from the service community—often veterans but also participants in organizations like Teach for America or Americorps—into politics, then giving them the tools they need to succeed and plugging them into a sympathetic fundraising network. “We help them incubate their campaigns,” Cherniack said in a Nov. 7 interview. “It takes a village to elect a candidate.”
Of the nine House candidates they supported, at least four flipped House districts.
“Candidates matter, and we’ve proven the theory of the case with this election,” she said. “I think we saw in this election that voters are hungry for new leadership in both parties. A lot of our veterans won because their authentic leadership promised to break with our political status quo.”