Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee Fires Staffers Over Lack of ‘Diversity’


The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has fired a handful of staffers apparently because they are too white.

Several top staffers left their high-paid positions on Monday after party members complained that they weren’t “diverse” enough.

According to Politico:

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On Monday morning, Allison Jaslow, DCCC executive director and a close ally of Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) — chair of the committee — resigned during a tense meeting at the party’s Capitol Hill headquarters. And in the next 10 hours, much of the senior staff was out: Jared Smith, the communications director and another Bustos ally; Melissa Miller, a top DCCC communications aide; Molly Ritner, political director; Nick Pancrazio, deputy executive director; and Van Ornelas, the DCCC’s director of diversity.

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Jacqui Newman, the chief operating officer for the campaign arm, will fill in as interim executive director while the party wrangles to figure out how to “fix” the “problem” of whiteness in the DCCC.

“Today has been a sobering day filled with tough conversations that too often we avoid,” Bustos said. “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.”

It is likely that Bustos will soon be out, too. She has not wowed the party with her fundraising skills — or lack thereof.

But that isn’t her only problem. Last week members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus let Bustos know that they were unhappy with how white her staffers were.

Bustos tried to float a mea culpa saying, “Today, I recognize that, at times, I have fallen short in leading these talented individuals. To my colleagues, who I have the upmost respect for, I hear your concerns, and we can and must do better.”

It isn’t likely that the Democrats will let her get away with this with just this excuse.

You can guess that Bustos is marked for elimination sooner rather than later.

Democrats will eventually sweep all white people out of every staff position as it moves to put an end to “white privilege.”

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