House Democrats' DCCC Just Purged Its Top Staffers For Being Too White

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced yesterday that executive director Allison Jaslow and the “top echelon of staffers” were booted because the staff did not reflect the diversity of the Democratic Party.

Translation: there were too many white people in the committee.

The staff shakeup following a pair of POLITICO stories detailing deep unease with the party’s campaign apparatus over a lack of diversity.

Last week, Politico reported that the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus were furious with DCCC leadership, saying minorities are being short-changed because they are being excluded from senior staff.

Following the resignation yesterday of executive director, over 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

“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."

Illinois Democrat Rep. and Chair of the DCCC Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) put out a statement yesterday following the shakeup saying “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."

Michael McAdams, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, pointed out the absurdity of the Democrats saying “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)”.

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