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Yet his anti-abortion stance has become a flashpoint for the national party.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, an abortion rights supporter, insists that there is room in the party for abortion foes. Top Democrats had planned a stop in Omaha at a rally for Mello, but abortion rights groups were outraged.
At the April 20 rally in Omaha, Sen. And we can start right here by electing Heath Mello as the next mayor. Perez, who had been scheduled to attend, instead campaigned for a Georgia candidate. In the last decade, Democrats have lost about 1, elected posts from the White House to Congress to the 50 statehouses, a power deficit the party has not seen nationally in 90 years. Raikes, talking with Mello in her near-west Omaha neighborhood last week, supports him in part for plans to promote affordable housing, not because he backed a half-dozen abortion restrictions during eight years in the legislature.
After all, the highest-ranking Democrat outside of the state legislature is the mayor of Lincoln.
Democrats must invite new faces with diverse viewpoints into its leadership, said Rep. But they are with you 80 percent of the time and can win in tough places. Anti-abortion Democrats have almost disappeared in Congress. Pelosi last week told The Washington Post that abortion should not be a litmus test for Democrats. The aspiring mayor also has the support of self-described conservative Mike Kozlik, a lawyer who met Mello last week as the candidate strolled door-to-door through the elegant Dundee neighborhood west of downtown. Democrat Barack Obama carried the district inbut lost it inas did Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Other Offers Already a subscriber? In. Moderate Democrats cast the year-old Mello as a pragmatic, next-generation party leader who could win in the heartland in his bid for Omaha mayor, yet his anti-abortion record has turned into a flashpoint for the national party.
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