Perhaps she never made it into their binders.
Marisa DeFranco, a Democrat currently challenging incumbent John Tierney for a seat in Congress, has a bit of history with her own party in Massachusetts. In 2012, she amassed enough ballot petition signatures to challenge Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 Democratic Primary. More recently, the DCCC ran a poll which allegedly showed DeFranco’s opponent with a commanding lead – except they left DeFranco out of the poll altogether. It led her to issue a press release titled, War On Women In Massachusetts’ Sixth District. She would later tell Legal Insurrection that the “Democratic machine has lost all credibility on the so-called War on Women” considering how it has acted in MA-06.”
Once again, things have gotten heated between DeFranco and the Democrat leadership in Massachusetts. At a women’s rights rally held by Nancy Pelosi, similar to the one she just held in Albany with Paul Tonko, DeFranco was barred from going on stage and getting any recognition as a candidate.
Via Legal Insurrection:
Marisa DeFranco is a liberal Democratic outsider challenging incumbent Democrat John Tierney in the 6th District of Massachusetts.
We previously wrote about the mistreatment of DeFranco at the hands of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Female Democratic candidate charges War on Women … by Democratic machine. Tierney barely won in 2012 despite Obama’s landslide in Massachusetts, and
Looks like the machine is shutting DeFranco out again, keeping DeFranco off stage during a women’s right rally in support of Tierney headlined by Nancy Pelosi.
WCVB in Boston reports:
Reporter: This [rally] was about equal pay, raising the minimum wage, affordable child care, getting more women elected to Congress. Or was it? One Democrat running against Tierney said she tried to get on stage, but was turned down today.
Marisa DeFranco: I am a woman. The only woman in this race. And the Democratic Party says they want more women in Congress, well, here I am.
DeFranco had approached Pelosi’s people asking to be recognized on stage – not even to speak – but was turned down.
DeFranco also claims that she never received an invitation to a fundraiser hosted by Michelle Obama later that evening.