‘Monday Night Massacre at DCCC’: Dems choke on own identity politics, mutiny over lack of diversity

Screengrab DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos

America may have moved on from affirmative action, but it’s alive and well in the Democratic Party.

With the 2020 election just 15 months away, Democrats in Washington, D.C., appear to be in a state of chaos, as seen in a mass departure Monday night at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The first to go was Allison Jaslow, executive director of the DCCC. A top aide to DCCC chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Jaslow, an Iraq war veteran, turned to Twitter to announce her abrupt departure following a hastily planned meeting earlier in the day.

https://twitter.com/jaslow/status/1155903279521550337?s=20

Before the day was done, five others followed suit, to include communications director Jared Smith, political director Molly Ritner, deputy executive director Nick Pancrazio, top communications aide Melissa Miller, and the committee’s diversity director Van Ornelas, according to The Hill.

The motivating factor is reportedly a lack of diversity on the committee tasked with electing Democrats.

Lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus were reportedly not happy with Bustos for excluding minorities from key positions.

Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela, both Democrats from Texas, said Sunday in a statement that the DCCC was in “complete chaos.”

National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar shared his take on what led the mass exit.

“Identity politics: This whole uproar began after an African-American staffer was revealed to have posted past derogatory comments about Mexicans on her social media,” he tweeted.

“It’s the Monday Night Massacre at DCCC,” one lawmaker told The Hill. “Cheri campaigned as all things to all people, telling blue dogs one thing, telling progressives another. So inevitably once in office she would disappoint them.”

As the high drama played out throughout the day, a House Democrat ripped those involved.

“The idea of all DCCC staff sitting around for hours on Friday and again today to talk about this internal shit enrages me,” the lawmaker said. “Shut the f**k up about your feelings and just focus on winning.”

“You know how NRCC spent their day Friday and today? Not sitting around talking about diversity and their feelings,” the source added.

Bustos called it a “sobering day,” but apparently plans on sticking around.

“Today has been a sobering day filled with tough conversations that too often we avoid, but I can say confidently that we are taking the first steps toward putting the DCCC back on path to protect and expand our majority, with a staff that truly reflects the diversity of our Democratic caucus and our party,” Bustos said in a statement.

Speaking of the National Republican Congressional Committee, spokesman Michael McAdams was quick to seize on the day’s events.

“Mutiny underway at Cheri Bustos’ DCCC,” he said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner. “What a disaster for House Democrats.”

“The DCCC has forced a female Iraq war veteran to step down as Executive Director for not being woke enough (on her birthday, no less),” McAdams added. “But can someone please check if Tayhlor Coleman, who first created this entire uproar among Democrats after making derogatory comments against Mexicans and homophobic remarks, has also resigned?”

For what it’s worth, the DCCC has been outraising the NRCC, announcing in May that it raised a record $8.85 million that month.

Not that this prevented the Republicans from having a little fun at the expense of the opposition.

Tom Tillison

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