With members still divided on what went wrong for the party in the 2014 midterm elections, the House Democrat in charge of honing messaging for the next two years is trying to build consensus around a revised communication strategy.
Rep. Steve Israel of New York, the two-term chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee who was selected by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to run a new "Democratic Policy and Communications Committee," is asking every member to fill out a seven-part survey in advance of the caucus' scheduled retreat next week in Philadelphia. "Before we meet in Philadelphia to discuss our goals for the next two years, I would like to get your opinion on what you believe our focus should be as we craft our message," Israel wrote to colleagues in an introduction to the survey, a copy of which was obtained by CQ Roll Call. "Below is a series of questions that will help the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee get a better idea of what’s important to you and your constituents. This is an informal survey that will be shared anonymously with outside experts in the development of messaging."