DCCC head fails to avert Titus-Kihuen primary

The Democratic Party’s chief handler of U.S. House campaigns said this morning he spoke with Dina Titus and Ruben Kihuen as they positioned to run against each other to represent urban Las Vegas.

Whatever he told them, it failed to avert what could turn into a bitter primary that could split Democrats in Southern Nevada, where it’s figured they need to stay united in order to win a crucial U.S. Senate seat and where President Barack Obama will need plenty of support.

Speaking with reporters, Rep. Steve Israel of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, threw up his hands (not literally) when asked if he was trying to get either Titus or Kihuen to shift to another district.

"That’s their judgment," Israel said of their decisions to run for the open 1st District seat that is considered the safest one for a Democrat. "I spoke to Dina. I spoke to Ruben. It is what it is."

"I worry about what’s in my control, not what’s out of my control."

Israel was asked if Titus’ announcement on Thursday cements the primary or if there is still a chance Democrats could avoid one.

"The filing deadline is in March so we will see what happens," he said.


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