July 6, 2017
TO: Interested Parties
FR: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
RE: Dean Heller is 2018’s Most Endangered Senator
With the announcement of a top-flight challenger, the writing is on the wall: Senator Dean Heller is 2018’s most endangered Senator. His 100% voting record with President Trump during his first 100 days in office, poor approval ratings in public polling, and his record of looking out for himself in the Senate at the expense of hardworking Nevadans represent a three-pronged threat to the incumbent that he will struggle to contain.
1.The Polling: Senator Heller is underwater and unpopular with voters of every political persuasion.
Senator Heller has consistently shown an underwater favorability rating in publicly available polling.
In each of these cases, Heller was less net favorable than President Trump, who was also underwater and is unlikely to be an asset in the campaign.
2. On Healthcare: Heller in a “no-win situation” with a record of spiking costs and slashing coverage for the middle class.
Sen. Heller’s legislative actions in the Senate contribute to his vulnerability, as well. He has voted repeatedly to kick 200,000 Nevadans off Medicaid, deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and bring back lifetime caps.
Sen. Heller has put himself in a “no-win” “bind” — he’s enraged Republican base voters (a group he already faced a substantial weaknesses with), while his record, combined with his party’s toxic healthcare agenda, is turning off moderate and independent voters who decide elections in Nevada.
Sen. Heller’s positioning on this issue has also highlighted one of his greatest weaknesses: he’ll take a different position when facing different rooms and say anything to help himself — leading the dean of the Nevada press corps Jon Ralston to state “he is afflicted with Non-Straight-Answer Disorder.”
3. Heller’s record: pushing the agenda of the rich and the powerful, while Nevada’s working families pay the price.
After 27 years in office, Dean Heller has become a reliable vote for corporate special interests. Heller has taken millions from Washington lobbyists, Wall Street bankers, big oil and gas, and insurance companies. In turn, he’s voted to protect tax loopholes for corporations that send jobs overseas, to protect tax breaks for big oil, and voted to eliminate rules that stop Wall Street from crashing our economy again.
See for yourself:
The bottom line: Dean Heller is 2018’s most endangered senator. He’s disliked by voters of every political persuasion, has a record of pushing the interests of the rich and the powerful at the expense of hardworking Nevadans, and has proved he’s the kind of politician who can’t be trusted to do anything but look out for himself. His health care agenda is toxic and will be front and center throughout the race. In short, Heller represents everything that voters don’t like about politics – now that he’s facing a serious opponent, he is facing the greatest challenge of his political career.