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Diversity Issue Triggers Mass Resignations at DCCC as Chaos Continues

The group’s executive, political, and communications directors all exited Monday evening, along with several other top aides.

By NTK Staff | 07.30.2019 @9:39am
Diversity Issue Triggers Mass Resignations at DCCC as Chaos Continues

Tweets from nearly 10 years ago triggered the mass resignation of all the top leadership positions at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Monday evening.

The group’s executive director, Allison Jaslow, took responsibility for the lack of diversity at the organization and resigned around mid-day on Monday. What followed was a rush to the exits Monday evening, as nearly all top DCCC followed suit:

Communications director Jared Smith, political director Molly Ritner, deputy executive director Nick Pancrazio, top communications aide Melissa Miller, and the committee’s diversity director Van Ornelas all resigned by Monday evening.

The resignations came after two Democratic congressmen from Texas, Reps. Vincente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela, demanded Jaslow be replaced by a “person of color.” The two congressmen were incensed after learning that DCCC staffer Tayhlor Coleman published anti-gay messages on Twitter nearly a decade ago.

Jaslow announced her resignation on Monday after Congressional Hispanic Caucus members Vicente Gonzalez (D., Texas) and Filemon Vela (D., Texas) demanded a “person of color” be made executive director. The two lawmakers made the demand after learning that Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) had lied to themabout removing Coleman from a top minority outreach post after the Washington Free Beacon discovered anti-gay and racist tweets she had sent.

Jaslow is a gay combat veteran who served in Iraq. In her outgoing statement, she wrote that “sometimes selfless service means having the courage to take a bow for the sake of a mission.”

DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos reportedly flew back to Washington, D.C. to address this issue on Monday.

At least one Democratic lawmaker shared frustrations with The Hill on Monday:

“The idea of all DCCC staff sitting around for hours on Friday and again today to talk about this internal shit enrages me,” the House Democrat said. “Shut the f**k up about your feelings and just focus on winning.”

“You know how NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) spent their day Friday and today? Not sitting around talking about diversity and their feelings,” the lawmaker added.

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