Meet the lab-coat liberals – By DAVID SIDERS 07/23/2017


Activists and protesters march to City Hall during the March for Science in Los Angeles in April. | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Dismayed by President Trump’s views on climate science and other research issues, scientists are storming the campaign trail.

LOS ANGELES — The lab-coat liberals are marching on Washington.

Dismayed by President Donald Trump’s perceived hostility to climate science and other areas of research, a surge of scientists is entering the public arena and running for political office for the first time.

They represent an evolving brand of Democrat that has been gaining steam for months. What began with rogue Twitter accounts and protest marches has graduated into candidacies in House races in places as varied as California, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York.

The handful of scientists who have formally announced their candidacies so far — and the others who are preparing to join them — have cast themselves as a counterforce to the Trump administration’s dismissal of climate science and de-prioritization of innovation funding.

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