There’s a seismic disturbance shaking up the DCCC that has the potential to tear apart an already splintered party if it’s not immediately addressed.
According to POLITICO, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is in full-blown turmoil, forcing Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos to immediately fly out to Washington on Monday to meet with party leaders over the lack of diversity within the higher echelons of the DCCC.
The sudden eruption over the weekend amid an outcry of no diversity from top black and Latino lawmakers within the senior and managerial ranks of the DCCC, prompted Bustos to rush to the nations capital just days after congress left for a 6-week August recess, putting her in a precarious position, as both groups of Democratic lawmakers and aids are furious with her stewardship of the campaign arm.
Bustos is currently within her 4th term representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, after Democrats won back the House in 2018, Bustos was elected by her colleagues as Chair person of the DCCC, which has become within recent months a hot potato for Bustos to handle.
The simmering issue exploded on Sunday when Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela told POLITICO that Bustos should fire her top aide, DCCC executive director Allison Jaslow, because of continued discord and in-fighting in which several senior aids within the first 6-months of Bustos tenure resigned, including her chief of staff a woman of color and her director of mail and polling.
The outright animosity between senior staff and aids seems to be fueled by what Democrats usually exploit others of “unvarnished identity politics,” which appears to be at the center of the turmoil.
Remarkably skin pigmentation within the DCCC seems to be the catalyst in which these skirmishes are being fought.
In a prepared statement by Gonzalez and Vela to POLITICO, the duo acknowledged the disorder within the DCCC stating, “The DCCC is now in complete chaos. The single most immediate action that Cheri Bustos can take to restore confidence in the organization and to promote diversity is to appoint a qualified person of color, of which there are many, as executive director at once. We find the silence of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on this issue to be deafening.”
“There is not one person of color, black or brown, that I’m aware of, at any position of authority or decision-making in the DCCC,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “It is shocking, it is shocking, and something needs to be done about it.”
What appears obvious is that DIVERSITY rather then accomplishments is the club being wielded against those individuals that don’t measure up concerning skin color, which is always an intricate component of the Democratic Party in regards to identity politics.
POLITICO reported that Bustos has agreed to participate in diversity and inclusion training for DCCC employees.
Bustos’ emergency flight to Washington on Monday came on the heels of an emotional tear filled meeting on Friday, attended by the entire staff.
Allison Jaslow took the lion’s share of the blame, for not providing more diversity within the DCCC. In another incident that sparked an emotional conflict between staff members, was the revelation that staffer Tayhlor Coleman, 10-years earlier had posted some derogatory tweets about LGBTQ people and Latinos, which apparently became “very emotional all around,” according to a committee aide.
The “BEAN COUNTERS” expressed anger during the meeting that not enough executives and deputy directors are people of color, which perhaps raises another dilemma for staffers at the DCCC, in that the term “people of color” is a relative term, within that unique category.
For example a multiracial individual would fall under what category, also if this absurdity is taken seriously what would the ratio between Hispanics and African Americans be?
The point being that when any institution becomes so concerned in filling some abstract quota ahead of experience and accomplishment for the sake of DIVERSITY the institution itself suffers.