Press Highlights

CNN: ‘Country over party:’ Democrats turn to veterans to take back the House

June 30th, 2018 – …With more veterans of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan returning home and looking to lead their country, operatives on both sides of the aisle say there is a stable of unique veteran candidates across the country. But in the era of Trump, where uniqueness is prized, Democrats decision to turn to veterans in 2018 hinges on voters across the country, fed up with typical politicians, are looking to candidates with distinct backgrounds.

“We understand that we need to work together, that we need to work across the aisle and serve the people and boot some of these politicians out who are in Washington for all the wrong reasons,” said Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran and Democratic nominee in North Carolina’s Ninth District.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: A Democrat who talks like a Republican could steal a major NC race from the GOP

June 3rd, 2018 –

One Sunday morning this spring, the Republican candidate stood in the pulpit of a cavernous Baptist megachurch off a dusty road outside of Charlotte, bellowing about bathrooms.

“I’m here to tell you this morning that they can call it a new morality. They can call it the new normal,” thundered Mark Harris, a former Baptist pastor, referencing a fight over bathroom access for transgender people that tore this state apart two years ago. “But God has said it’s same old sin” — his voice shook with emotion as the crowd’s applause began to drown him out —“and I’m going to stand on the…word of the living God.”

Twelve miles away and one night earlier, the Democratic candidate stood in a lushly flowering backyard in a residential slice of Charlotte, taking a different kind of stand.

ROBESONIAN: Memorial Day is time to remember sacrifices of our war dead

ROBESONIAN: Memorial Day is time to remember sacrifices of our war dead

Dan McCready, for the Robesonian

May 26th, 2018 – If you take your cues from Facebook ads and TV commercials, you might think that Memorial Day is all about last-minute sales and buy-one get-one shopping deals. For many of our children, raised in the era of social media and non-stop advertising, Memorial Day has become defined by consumerism.

But Memorial Day means much more.

This day is about the young Americans who never made it past the beaches at Normandy. It’s about the heroes who were lost in the jungles of Vietnam. It’s about the brave men and women who answered the call and never came home from places like Baghdad, Ramadi, and the mountains of Afghanistan. Memorial Day is about the brothers, mothers, fathers, and daughters whose headstones line the hills of Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Day is not about money saved or spent. It is about the steep price of freedom.

In 1861, a soldier named Sullivan Ballou felt called to serve his country. He wrote to his young wife:

“My very dear Sarah: The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days — perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write again, I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more …

“I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans on the triumph of the Government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and sufferings of the Revolution. And I am willing — perfectly willing — to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt … “

Ballou was killed in the first days of the Civil War. His sense of duty is the same one that has driven generations of men and women to serve — and to lay down their lives to defend our country.

Memorial Day is a time to honor the fallen.

We can honor them with our actions. We can carry on the legacy of our war dead by teaching our children the importance of their sacrifice. We can walk with our children through a veterans cemetery or explain the importance of a Memorial Day ceremony. Let’s pass on to them a respect and reverence for our fallen heroes. This Memorial Day, let’s take the time to teach our children, and remind ourselves, that freedom has a price.

NEW YORK TIMES: Renounce Nancy Pelosi, Ignore Donald Trump — and Win?

NEW YORK TIMES: Renounce Nancy Pelosi, Ignore Donald Trump — and Win?

May 12th, 2018 –

Does Conor Lamb strike twice?

Dan McCready certainly hopes so. Like Lamb, who won a special House election in Pennsylvania two months ago, McCready is a Democratic congressional candidate competing on steadfastly Republican, Donald Trump-friendly turf.

Like Lamb, he’s a veteran, he’s young and he’s brand new to politics. And like Lamb, he has exceeded expectations in a fashion that contributes mightily to Democrats’ hopes for a House majority after November. If McCready succeeds in North Carolina’s Ninth District, which has been represented by Republicans for the last 55 years, Democrats are in a good position to win big over all.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: First House Incumbent of 2018 Falls

May, 9th 2018 – Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican seeking a fourth term representing his suburban Charlotte district, became the country’s first incumbent to lose this year in one of the state’s few competitive contests for Congress on Tuesday.

The winner of the primary in the state’s 9th Congressional District, conservative Charlotte pastor Mark Harris, had blasted Pittenger as insufficiently supportive of President Trump and criticized Pittenger’s support for February’s bipartisan budget deal. Pittinger also received support from Republicans in Washington, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Housing secretary Ben Carson.

WASHINGTON POST: North Carolina GOP congressman loses primary, first House incumbent ousted

WASHINGTON POST: North Carolina GOP congressman loses primary, first House incumbent ousted

May, 9th 2018 – Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina lost his primary bid on Tuesday, becoming the first incumbent of either party this year to be forced out of Congress.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting in North Carolina’s 9th District, former pastor Mark Harris had won 48.5 percent of the vote to Pittenger’s 46.2 percent. The race was a rematch; Pittenger had run just 134 votes ahead of Harris in a 2016 primary, with a third candidate splitting the vote.

“I’ve called Mark Harris, I’ve conceded the race, and I wish him the best,” Pittenger told reporters in the Charlotte suburbs shortly after 10 p.m. The Associated Press called the race for Harris shortly thereafter.

SHAREBLUE MEDIA: Marine Vet just might flip a deep red seat in North Carolina

May 9th, 2018 – Two months after Marine veteran Conor Lamb stunned the political world by flipping Pennsylvania’s deeply conservative 18th Congressional District blue, a similar situation is unfolding in North Carolina. Democrat Dan McCready is suddenly in a competitive race for North Carolina’s 9th District.

McCready is in many ways a dream candidate. He is another Marine vet and the founder of a solar power investment company. And he is running on a platform of abolishing both Citizens United and gerrymandering, expanding access to health care, and protecting teachers and veterans.

SPECTRUM NEWS: Dan McCready on winning Democratic Primary for District 9

SPECTRUM NEWS: Dan McCready on winning Democratic Primary for District 9

May 9th, 2018 – uesday was an exciting night for Dan McCready who won the Democratic primary for North Carolina’s 9th congressional district.

When asked how he feels about his campaign, McCready says, “A lot of people didn’t think a Democrat could win in a red district … I’m running as a Democrat. I like to say that I’m running as an American and Marine first.”

McCready says he hopes he can end divisiveness in North Carolina and the United States.

WESLEY CLARK: Want a politician you can trust? Elect a veteran in November

WESLEY CLARK: Want a politician you can trust? Elect a veteran in November

April 26th, 2018 – …Veterans elected to Congress will also practice a lost art — leadership. Leadership can be taught in a boardroom, on a sports field or on a Peace Corps deployment. But when it comes to molding leaders, it’s hard to replicate leading teams in combat zones.

That brand of leadership is being exemplified by veterans across the country. Women like Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey and Elissa Slotkin in Michigan. Men like Dan McCready in North Carolina and Pat Ryan in New York.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – How we see NC’s competitive 9th congressional district

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – How we see NC’s competitive 9th congressional district

April 20th, 2018 – This is not a close call. McCready, a Marine veteran and solar energy entrepreneur, holds centrist views that are much more in step with the district than Cano’s liberal stances. McCready’s experience in business and his leadership in the military are impressive, and he is one of the best-funded challengers in the country. He has won the support of many of the district’s leading Democrats, including some of Charlotte’s most successful business people.

Cano, who has raised very little money, has run a low-key campaign other than when he attacked McCready at a campaign event this month. It added to Cano’s history of attacking fellow Democrats, often with repulsive language.

We strongly recommend McCready.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – In this Republican-leaning NC district, a Democrat is the top fundraiser

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – In this Republican-leaning NC district, a Democrat is the top fundraiser

April 16th, 2018 – Democrat Dan McCready continued to outraise 9th Congressional District rivals and had more than $1 million more on hand at the end of March than incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger.

New reports show McCready raised $1.8 million for his campaign, with $1.3 million on hand at the end of the first quarter.

The Pittenger campaign has raised $1.2 million and had $282,000 on hand.

LAURINBURG EXCHANGE – McCready tells Scotland Dems that House district can be won

LAURINBURG EXCHANGE – McCready tells Scotland Dems that House district can be won

April 12th, 2018 –

Congressional hopeful Dan McCready was in Laurinburg Thursday seeking help to turn a red congressional district blue. McCready spoke to about 60 people gathered at Scotland Place for a meeting hosted by the Scotland County Democrat Women.

McCready, a Democrat from Charlotte, is seeking the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Robert Pittenger. The district, which includes all of Scotland County, runs from Charlotte to Fayetteville.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – In Pittenger-McCready race, who would dish out the stress?

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – In Pittenger-McCready race, who would dish out the stress?

April 7th, 2018 – Eastover, one of Charlotte’s wealthiest neighborhoods, isn’t known as a bastion of liberalism. But its streets were filled with hundreds of cars last month as some of Charlotte’s biggest names streamed into Sarah and Tim Belk’s home to support a little-known, until now, 34-year-old Democrat named Dan McCready.

McCready is running for the congressional seat held by Republican Robert Pittenger. A Republican has held the seat since 1963 (though with very different boundaries over the years), but McCready thinks he has a chance, and the rest of the country is starting to realize he’s right.

COOK POLITICAL REPORT – April House Overview: Ratings Changes in 13 Districts

April 6th, 2018 – The good news for Republicans is that President Trump’s approval rating has, on balance, ticked up from 38 percent to 40 percent since January as attention has shifted from unpopular GOP proposals on healthcare and taxes to the economy, tariffs and Stormy Daniels. Commensurately, Democrats’ lead on the question of which party voters would support for Congress has shrunk from a dozen points in January to about eight points today.

The bad news for Republicans, of course, is that Trump’s approval rating is still 40 percent and that they still trail Democrats on the generic ballot by eight points. That’s enough to offset the GOP’s edge from favorably drawn districts and endanger their 23-seat majority (by our estimate, Democrats would need to win seven to eight percent more votes for House to win 218 of 435 seats).

WASHINGTON POST – Once-safe Republican districts suddenly in play as Democrats expand the map

WASHINGTON POST – Once-safe Republican districts suddenly in play as Democrats expand the map

March 17th, 2018 – The campaign for control of Congress is suddenly playing out across a far larger swath of the country than either party had previously expected, with Tuesday’s special House election in the Pittsburgh suburbs showing how President Trump’s unpopularity is turning many once-safe Republican districts into battlegrounds in this year’s midterm elections.

GOP incumbents who have rarely, if ever, faced a viable challenger are being forced to build campaign operations, raise money and make more frequent appearances across their districts.

And Democrats who have long intended to make their stand in a few dozen evenly divided districts now say the results in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, which Trump carried by nearly 20 points two years ago, suggest the battleground may expand to more than 100 districts where the president’s margin was smaller.

CNN – Key Races: Pennsylvania shakes up House map with 17 new race ratings

CNN – Key Races: Pennsylvania shakes up House map with 17 new race ratings

March 16th, 2018 – NC-09: This is a tough district for Democrats. But so was Pennsylvania 18. Democrat Dan McCready is a top recruit who has outraised GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger for three consecutive quarters and has $600,000 more in the bank. Pittenger also faces a primary challenge from Mark Harris, who he defeated in the 2016 GOP primary by a single percentage point. The district includes South Charlotte and shares a border with South Carolina — a similar dynamic to what Democrats were facing in PA-18. Race moves from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT – The Democrats who can win back Trump country

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT – The Democrats who can win back Trump country

March 16th, 2018 – CONOR LAMB’S UPSET victory in southwestern Pennsylvania’s special congressional election this week handed every part of the national Democratic coalition something to crow about…

From Eagle Scout to service in Iraq to solar energy financier, North Carolina’s Dan McCready was encouraged into the political arena last year by fellow veteran, Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.

But given that Trump carried the south-central North Carolina district by a dozen points, McCready has purposefully steered clear of the president in his run. “I am a Marine and an American before I’m a Democrat,” he told Roll Call.

GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger won his third term by 16 points, but McCready has been a fundraising machine, beginning the year with three times the cash of the incumbent.

Following Tuesday’s election jolt, McCready noted the $10 million of incoming negative advertisements that Lamb withstood.

“Marines don’t go down that easy,” he tweeted. “North Carolina here we come.”

WFAE – Democrat Dan McCready files to run for 9th district congressional seat

WFAE – Democrat Dan McCready files to run for 9th district congressional seat

February 12th, 2018 – North Carolina candidates began filing Monday to run for Congress, the state legislature, district attorney and county positions. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections was packed with candidates and their supporters before the start of filing at noon.

The filing period ends February 28. Among candidates who filed was Dan McCready. He’s an Iraq War veteran and Charlotte businessman who wants to unseat three-term, 9th District Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger. McCready already has raised more than $1 million.

The 34-year-old Democrat filed his paperwork surrounded by family and some heavy-hitter supporters, including former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Democrat leads Pittenger in NC House race

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Democrat leads Pittenger in NC House race

Feb 1st, 2018 – In one of three North Carolina congressional districts Democrats hope to flip, Democrat Dan McCready began the year with three times as much campaign money as incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger.

New reports show McCready has raised $1.2 million in his bid to become the first Democrat to represent the 9th District in 65 years.

Pittenger, meanwhile, substantially outraised GOP challenger Mark Harris but has a narrower edge in available campaign money.

Nationally Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to take control of the U.S. House.

McCready, a business owner and former Marine who served in Iraq, raised $350,000 in the last quarter of 2017. That includes $63,500 from political action committees representing mainly party groups. Another $242,000 came through Act Blue, a Democratic clearinghouse.

He knows the district has not elected a Democrat for decades.

“My message is country over party,” McCready said in an interview Thursday. “What I’m finding is North Carolinians are ready for that. People are not Republicans or Democrats first. They’re Americans first.”

RICHMOND OBSERVER – Democrat Candidate Dan McCready Running for 9th Congressional District; No Stranger to Leadership or Battles

RICHMOND OBSERVER – Democrat Candidate Dan McCready Running for 9th Congressional District; No Stranger to Leadership or Battles

Dan McCready was a freshman in college when he watched with horror as the planes slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

As he approached graduation, the country was engaged in two wars. And that is when McCready realized he wanted to be proactive.

“I wanted to do my part,” McCready said in an exclusive interview with the Richmond Observer. “This was the first time I felt a calling to serve our country”.

His plans after graduation initially included using his economics degree and going into business. But instead, the Eagle Scout joined the United States Marine Corps.

“Other than marrying my wife, the biggest honor I’ve had in my life was leading a platoon of 65 Marines in Iraq during the surge of 2007-2008,” McCready said.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Leaders of both parties lack courage on sexual assault

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – Leaders of both parties lack courage on sexual assault

They say Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on anything.

But it seems we have found the one thing that career politicians can agree on: protecting their political allies who use their power to prey on and harass others. That’s a new low, even for Congress.

Time and time again in this rotten era of American politics, we’ve seen Republicans and Democrats violate the values they ran on while clutching onto political power. On one side of the aisle, many Republicans have danced around the deeply disturbing accusations against Donald Trump or, more recently, Roy Moore, who is running for the Senate in Alabama.

ABC NEWS – Democrats back military veterans as candidates in their battle to retake the House

ABC NEWS – Democrats back military veterans as candidates in their battle to retake the House

Dan McCready, running in North Carolina’s Ninth District, said he was recently asked on the campaign trail how he would avoid becoming “part of the problem” in Washington.

“I told him I didn’t care what Paul Ryan or Nancy Pelosi had to say, I just wanted to fight for people for my district,” McCready said during an interview with ABC News and pivoting on a follow-up question about whether Pelosi should stay leader of the House Democrats next year.

TIME – Veterans Can Bring a New Kind of Politics to Heal a Divided America

TIME – Veterans Can Bring a New Kind of Politics to Heal a Divided America

This Veterans Day, we join together to honor our veterans and the many sacrifices made to keep our country free. But even on this day of national unity, if you turn on the TV, you’ll see an America torn apart by political parties and protests. This Veterans Day, it seems, we’re impossibly divided. But a new generation of veterans can heal our broken politics.

I got my education in the Marine Corps, where I led a platoon of 65 Marines in Iraq. It’s where I learned that, no matter your background, we all wear the same color uniform. It’s where I learned that leaders eat last, after their men, and that no one gets left behind. It’s where I found the spirit of common purpose that makes our country great. So when the pundits say we have nothing in common with the other side, I don’t buy it.