Hispanic Caucus endorses Cárdenas to lead DCCC

Hispanic Caucus endorses Cárdenas to lead DCCC
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) on Monday endorsed Rep. Tony Cárdenas (Calif.) as the next head of the House Democrats' campaign arm.

Cárdenas is competing with New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) post, after Chairwoman Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' MORE (Ill.) announced last week she would not be seeking reelection following House Democrats' disappointing showing in this month's elections.

"Tony Cárdenas has demonstrated the vision, commitment, and record that will be needed to win in the next cycle," wrote CHC First Vice Chairman Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanic Caucus endorses Castro for Foreign Affairs gavel Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet Tony Cárdenas casts himself as man to lead DCCC through fire MORE (D-Ariz.). "He is committed to the idea that however much success is achieved we should never settle but instead continually strive to raise that bar higher."


Cárdenas has led the CHC's campaign arm, Bold PAC, over the past three election cycles, setting fundraising records and expanding the caucus to a record 39 members after the 2018 election.

His stint at the head of Bold PAC had some Democratic lawmakers clamoring for him to lead the DCCC once it became apparent that Democrats would lose seats after this month's election.

The race against Maloney has become heated, as Maloney has poached at least two CHC members, Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarMaloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Hispanic Caucus endorses Cárdenas to lead DCCC Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' MORE (D-Texas), to his side.

But Cárdenas won the endorsement of the CHC as a group, partly on a diversity argument.

"In order to successfully serve the people of America, our leadership must mirror our
increasingly diverse constituency," wrote Gallego.

And Democrats are facing an especially tough 2022 cycle, with a razor-thin majority heading into the midterms of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE's first term in office.

"We know that if Tony is elected Chairman of the DCCC, he will bring us together in order to successfully maintain and expand our Democratic majority so that we can accomplish our priorities for the people," wrote Gallego.