Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who breached the servers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) last month, leaked a new set of documents to the Progressive Army. Documents relating to congressional primaries in North Carolina. These leaked documents reveal that the Democratic Party has rigged congressional primaries in favor for incumbent candidates.
The hacker gained prominence after leaking documents and emails from the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers. The leaked information showed that the DNC worked actively to support the Hillary Clinton campaign and colluded against her main rival Bernie Sanders. The leaks embarrassed the DNC and forced the Chair of the Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.
In a document leaked to the Progressive Army titled “NC Redistricting and CD 12 Memo,” the DCCC Political Director Ian Russell sent a memo to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12). The memo states that the DCCC supports incumbent candidate Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC-12) and were concerned that the incumbent “may face a tough challenge” in North Carolina’s 12th district primary: (emphasis mine)
Due to the changing demographics and geography of the district and the background of her opponents Rep. Adams may face a tough fight for the June 7th primary. Despite these challenges, Rep. Adams has the benefit of having represented the majority of the voters in the new district and thus having good name recognition. Her team is currently drafting a poll to gauge the likelihood of a competitive primary. Both the DCCC and EMILY’s List have been engaged with Rep. Adams team to provide the support necessary to win in a potentially tough primary. Both the CBC and NC delegation are very involved in Rep. Adams re-election.
Democratic operatives stated on June 1st that the DCCC did not interfere in primaries. However, the memo above was sent on March 22nd showing that the DCCC was quietly endorsing and supporting Rep. Adams’ re-election bid.
Rep. Adams won the primary with 42 percent of the vote. Her main rival, former state senator Malcolm Graham came in second with 29 percent of the vote. Tricia Cotham received 21 percent of the vote.
The DCCC and Nancy Pelosi’s office had no comment as of Wednesday.
Other leaked documents show that the Democratic Party was concerned about the gerrymandering (strategic redistricting to establish a political advantage) of North Carolina’s districts by the Republican-led legislature who had full control of the process. The Supreme Court struck down the congressional map which primarily targeted the 1st and 12th district which “were drawn specifically so that the majority of voters in each were black.” The new map makes these districts very safe Democratic seats, but jeopardizes four other seats and helps Republicans in other districts.
The leak includes memos to DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03). The Chairman held meetings with Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) and Rep. Adams to discuss the redistricting situation in their respective districts. The Democratic Party wanted to influence the districting process in a way that “protects incumbents and provides pick-up opportunities.”
The leaked documents also include internal opinion polling on North Carolina’s 12th district. The poll asked survey participants to rate how favorable or unfavorable several individuals were, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton. But what’s notable in this poll is who it was missing; although the poll was conducted in April, it didn’t include Bernie Sanders who was still a contender in the Democratic primary at the time.
John MacDonald contributed to this article.
The set of leaked documents can be found here with personal information redacted.