Democrats are in “complete chaos” after internal arguments about the lack of diversity in leadership led to the resignations of six senior staff members from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
A Democratic House lawmaker told the Hill that the unrest came because of poor leadership and inconsistent promises from Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.).
“It’s the Monday Night Massacre at DCCC,” the lawmaker said.
“Cheri campaigned as all things to all people,” they continued, “telling Blue Dogs one thing, telling progressives another. So inevitably once in office she would disappoint them.”
Here’s the list of the senior DCCC staff that resigned:
- DCCC executive director Allison Jaslow
- Communications director Jared Smith
- Political director Molly Ritner
- Deputy executive director Nick Pancrazio
- Top communications aide Melissa Miller
- DCCC Diversity director Van Ornelas
Ritner tweeted about her resignation without commenting on the diversity purge that occasioned her exit.
“After 4+ years and over 2 cycles, I’m sad to say that I won’t be on the DCCC team after today,” she tweeted, citing, “strategic disagreements.”
The House Democrat who spoke to the Hill added that they were outraged that Democrats were attacking each other over diversity in the leadership.
“The idea of all DCCC staff sitting around for hours on Friday and again today to talk about this internal s**t enrages me,” they said.
“Shut the f**k up about your feelings and just focus on winning,” they added.
“You know how NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] spent their day Friday and today?” they asked rhetorically. “Not sitting around talking about diversity and their feelings.”