DNC Party Donors Challenged by Ayanna Pressley
MA Democratic Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley challenged a room of approximately 300 big money Democratic donors gathered in DC on Tuesday to focus on diversity. In an audio recording of her 10-minute address on ways she thinks the party can improve, made available to BuzzFeed News, Darren Sands reports that Pressley told donors at the DNC fundraising meeting that the party needs to figure out how best to support women candidates of color, such as herself and other newly elected Democratic members of Congress including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ilhan Omar (MN). She also pushed for more diversity at the staff level, saying there’s a need for people with the necessary “lived and professional experiences needed to serve” constituencies. She said the 2018 election cycle had “altered the course of history,” and that Democrats need to ask themselves “if we are simply content with making history, or if want to commit ourselves to working together to make a lasting, transformative change.” Other speakers at the fundraising meeting included former FL gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, GA Congresswoman-elect Lucy McBath, and NJ Governor Phil Murphy, who will lead the Democratic Governors Association in 2020. DNC Chair Tom Pérez opened the session celebrating their slate of 2018 victories but cautioned donors that Dems must build out party infrastructure ahead of the next election cycle. The audience included the DNC's finance committee, other leading donors from the 2018 cycle and, perhaps most importantly, former donors who party leaders hope will re-engage. More here.