Crime-fighting may have cost House Democrats, D.C. bill ‘fails the smell test’


In portions of an NPR interview that aired on Tuesday’s “Morning Edition,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said provisions in the District of Columbia crime bill aimed at reducing penalties for carjacking “do not pass the smell test.” . and if people do well on crime, Democrats could retain their majority in the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

NPR political correspondent Susan Davis Warner noted that “every day, hundreds of thousands of Virginians pass through a neighborhood with rising crime rates, and their safety is a concern.”

He then played a clip of Warner saying, “If we somehow send a message that we’re going to reduce the penalties for car theft, it won’t pass the sniff test.”

Elsewhere in the segment, Davis said, “Warner acknowledged that crime policy is difficult for Democrats and could be a deciding factor against them in the 2022 election.”

He then played a clip of Warner saying, “I think I could have been a House Democrat if people had looked at crime differently.”

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