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Worst DNC Chair Ever? Another Top Staffer Quits

Tom Perez hasn’t been DNC chair for a year, but already he’s racking up one of the worst records in recent memory.

By NTK Staff | 01.30.2018 @12:00pm
Worst DNC Chair Ever? Another Top Staffer Quits

The Democratic National Committee’s chief executive “abruptly quit Monday,” according to a report by the New York Times.

Jess O’Connell, the committee’s chief executive, announced her departure in an email message to other party staff members, declaring that she was “proud to have helped rebuild” the committee but not offering any reason for her resignation.

Despite not giving a reason for her short tenure at the DNC – she only arrived on the job in May – party insiders say O’Connell clashed with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

The news that Perez is the reason for the DNC’s latest departure of talent is not surprising.

Elected in late February 2017, Perez has overseen one of the worst years in DNC history. Fundraising for the group has been abysmally bad, which has come as a surprise to many party insiders. With Donald Trump occupying the White House, many Democrats expected to have an easy time raising money.

Instead, the DNC is setting records for terrible fundraising. Last year saw the DNC’s worst October fundraising figure in 15 years, pulling in just $3.9 million that month. By contrast, the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $9.2 million that same month.

When asked by CBS News’ Major Garrett if he enjoyed raising money, Perez described fundraising as “a necessary part of the job.”

Perez attempted to clean house at the DNC in 2017, but removing long-time DNC members only infuriated Democrats more, particularly supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

With high-profile staffers bailing after just a few months on the job and fundraising not improving, observers are beginning to wonder when, not if, Perez will exit, too.

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