James Comey endorses Democrats, but cautions “please don’t lose your minds”
Former FBI director James Comey, once a longtime registered Republican, has publicly endorsed the Democratic Party for the upcoming midterm elections.
“This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must… counteract ambition,'” he tweeted last week. “All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.”
Based on this tweet, Democratic strategist and former Clinton aide Zac Petkanas responded with the following:
Dear @Comey —
We don't want you.
The Democratic Party
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) July 18, 2018
Petkanas is right. Comey is a former FBI director, someone who is supposed to remain impartial to politics and do his job neutrally. He vowed to stay out out of elections and politics when he was in the FBI. Despite this, he came under fire from both Republicans and Democrats in a few shorts months — that’s something not many people can do.
Democrats blamed him in part for Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016 because of his infamous “re-opening” of the Hillary Clinton email investigation weeks before Nov. 8. And Republicans dislike him just as much for the way he handled the Clinton and Trump investigations and his mismanagement of conflicts of interests.
In short, his political involvement has probably long since peaked.
Comey would be better off sticking to publicizing his book than getting involved in the political advertising and endorsement sphere because I’m not sure either side would want his “help.”
On Sunday, he warned Democrats not to go too far to the left if they want to court voters.
Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left. This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 22, 2018
But Republicans have no problem with the former FBI director putting his money publicly on Democrats, especially if that support is rejected by members of the Democratic Party. For Republicans, this whole fiasco has been a win-win, and they didn’t even have to do anything except munch on their popcorn and observe from the side.