House Democrats watched Monday as the latest scandal to engulf the caucus’ campaign arm—this one on minority representation in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—is deepening divisions on Capitol Hill.
“The #DCCCBlacklist is no longer just about consultants.”
The committee, known as the DCCC, acts as the election wing for Congressional Democrats. The DCCC is currently run by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), who began the job with the new Congress in January.
Executive director Allison Jaslow resigned her position over the minority representation scandal on Monday—which, according to her Twitter page, was coincidentally her birthday.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Jaslow implied she was taking the fall to spare the DCCC from continuing drama.
“My commitment to the mission, our country, and the people who commit their lives to serving it is unwavering,” said Jaslow. “And, sometimes selfless service means having the courage to take a bow for the sake of the mission—especially when the stakes are so high.”
Jaslow’s resignation, Politico reported Monday, came after an emotional emergency all-hands staff meeting Jaslow ran on Friday after the news first broke that apparently did little to assuage the concerns of the committee staffers over the level of representation in the organization.
It’s unclear whether Jaslow’s resignation will be enough to change the narrative around Bustos’ tenure, which has already been fraught with controversy. As Common Dreams reported, the DCCC announced in March that the party would effectively blacklist anyone working as a vendor with an insurgent primary campaign aimed at a sitting Democratic incumbent by denying those vendors any other opportunities with the party.
The blacklist policy, freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Ct.) told The New York Times in June, is part of DCCC “gatekeeper mentality that sometimes can diminish new ideas.”
That gatekeeper mentality, critics charged over the weekend, involves more than just new blood.
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