In the summer of an off-year election, a number of candidates similar to Kelly in Trump districts have already decided to run.

Others include Michigan Sixth District’s Matt Longjohn, who recently stepped down from his role as the first national physician executive in the YMCA’s 170-year history and is challenging incumbent Republican Fred Upton. Elissa Slotkin is a former CIA official and acting assistant secretary of Defense who lives on a cattle farm in Holly, Mich., and whose grandfather invented the famous “Ballpark Frank” first sold at Tiger Stadium. She is challenging Mike Bishop.

These are what the Democratic Party’s version of “outsiders” look like in 2017.

The Democratic Party wants individuals who can’t be tarred as career politicians or party insiders. Kelly was more than willing to find fault with both parties. He criticized the president’s handling of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and condemned some Tea Party members as bordering “on anarchy,” while declining to commit to supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., continuing as party leader.


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