Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume announced Thursday that Democratic strategist Dan Youngkin had joined the team on a short-term basis, ahead of the March 13 primaries in four states and the voting itself.
“I spoke with Gov. Meadows about him meeting with Congressman Clarke in Lousiana and really doing whatever it takes to put the Republicans in grave danger,” Hume said. “And Dan, after talking with the governor and talking with some conservative democrats, indicated that he’d be happy to help out. He’s volunteering, so he’s just doing what he can to sort of make sure that if Mr. Abrams loses the nomination, that’s not a disaster for the Republican Party.”
Youngkin told Hume that the white working class, a crucial part of the electorate, needs to be energized by candidates like Abrams, and that after dominating Hillary Clinton in black precincts during the 2016 election, the Democratic Party needs to also mobilize minority voters, the white working class, and “progressive” voters.
“She’s going to need the white working class in this state,” Youngkin told Hume. “She’s going to need the white working class in Georgia and the word to me about the people in southwest Virginia is these are kind of white working class people. They’re not only traditional Democrats, the white working class are full-fledged democrats.”
Because Abrams isn’t directly competing against other candidates who have potentially more substantial names behind them, and because Youngkin has a reputation for being aggressive, the former DGA staffer and GOP operative and politico stated that he would bring to the table a “certain unpredictability” that could lead to “big unexpected things.”
“I think Dan Youngkin is going to be able to perform at a level that’s perfectly acceptable to the white working class, that’s not going to bother the democrats,” he told Hume. “I think what he’s going to bring to the table as he gets up to speed is, I’m going to challenge…there is a political difference between being in good graces with the establishment, and being in good graces with the people, versus an edge. If you’re going to have a political edge then, well, I won’t say it’s a negative, but you have a view about the future, and the way to propel people forward.”
Youngkin, in the last-minute run up to the primaries, also announced that a fundraising event would be held Friday afternoon in Georgia.