Hispanic Democratic lawmakers hit DCCC over lack of diversity in top ranks

Hispanic Democratic lawmakers hit DCCC over lack of diversity in top ranks
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Texas Democratic Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaDCCC faces mass staff shakeup: 'It's the Monday Night Massacre' DCCC exec resigns amid furor over minority representation Hispanic Democratic lawmakers hit DCCC over lack of diversity in top ranks MORE hit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for lacking diversity at the top ranks and called on chairwoman Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDCCC is out of step with Democratic values Climate report makes agri-business a target Farmers have to be part of climate solutions MORE (D-Ill.) to appoint a person of color as executive director.

“The DCCC is now in complete chaos,” Gonzalez and Vela, two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, told Politico in a statement Sunday after the outlet reported last week that some black and Latino lawmakers were complaining about a lack of diversity in the DCCC's top ranks.

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“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. We find the silence of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on this issue to be deafening," they continued. 

Politico reported last week that some lawmakers' discontent with the lack of diversity within the DCCC had resulted in an emergency staff meeting Friday, in which executive director Allison Jaslow reportedly took responsibility. 

Bustos is slated to return to Washington from the current House recess to address the outcry over diversity on the committee. 

“Chairwoman Bustos is coming back because she understands how important it is for her to hear from staff directly and to reassure them that we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level,” DCCC spokesman Jared Smith said in a statement to Politico. 

“She plans to approve changes to the structure before she leaves town and wants to get staff input as we work to build a stronger DCCC and make sure our team, from senior leadership on down, reflects the full range of diversity that gives the Democratic Party its strength," he continued. "She looks forward to reaching out to her colleagues to get their input, address their concerns and update them on the progress we are making.”

The DCCC did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.