Remember that scene in 300 where, instead of attacking the armies of the Persian Empire, the Spartans spend a lot of time debating whether they have enough diversity in their ranks?
This is kind of like that except with Democrat operatives and lots of crying and passive aggressive media leaks.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is in full-blown turmoil.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) was set to make an unplanned trip to Washington from her district Monday amid an outcry from top black and Latino lawmakers over a lack of diversity in the campaign arm’s senior management ranks.
POLITICO reported last week that black and Hispanic lawmakers are furious with Bustos’ stewardship of the campaign arm. They say the upper echelon of the DCCC is bereft of diversity, and it is not doing enough to reach Latino voters and hire consultants of color. In addition, several of Bustos’ senior aides have left in the first six months of her tenure, including her chief of staff — a black woman — and her director of mail and polling director, both women.
Someone call in Diversity Batman!
“The DCCC is now in complete chaos,” the pair said in a statement to POLITICO. “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.”
Only a diverse executive director of color can possibly save the DCCC from descending into an orgy of wedgies and media leaks.
Forget winning elections. Diversity is all that matters.
Now you might think that Bustos would meet a diversity quota or two, but that’s just offensive.
Democratic sources said an all-staff phone call with Bustos on Saturday didn’t go much better. The Illinois Democrat only “briefly” apologized for comments about her family’s racial background that had inflamed some lawmakers and DCCC employees. In response to complaints about the DCCC’s diversity, she has noted that her husband is of Mexican descent, that her children are half-Mexican and that her son is marrying an African-American woman.
And so there’s crying and probably a safe space or two.
Bustos’ return to Washington comes on the heels of an emergency all-staff meeting Friday after the POLITICO story published. Jaslow cried as she assumed blame for the lack of diversity in the DCCC, according to multiple people in the room. Others felt the DCCC misled them in its handling of a staffer, Tayhlor Coleman, who posted derogatory tweets about LGBTQ people and Latinos nearly 10 years ago.
Tayhlor Coleman is black. So you can’t actually fire her. And Cheryl’s son is marrying a black woman, so you can’t fire her. But you can probably fire Jaslow, who probably knows what she’s doing, but isn’t all that diverse.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told POLITICO he urged the DCCC to keep Coleman on staff, but advised she be moved to a different role. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) didn’t want Coleman to be fired either, but wanted her completely removed from any projects involving minorities. Still, Coleman has continued to work on minority outreach strategy.
Diversity is awesome. Right?
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