Rep. Ben Ray Luján was already feeling good about the Democrats’ chances of picking up U.S. House seats in the fall elections, but last week he sounded downright bullish on the prospect during an hourlong meeting with regional reporters in Washington.
I organized the session with 15 scribes from around the country to give my colleagues a chance to hear directly from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, who is responsible for recruiting House candidates and helping them get their campaigns up and running.
Luján was appointed to the leadership position by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in late 2014, and he has had a steep mountain to climb. After all, Democrats need to pick up 30 seats to reclaim the U.S. House.
But Luján said – as he did a month ago in this space – that the campaign of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is making his job easier.