2020 Dem candidates are already in trouble – they’re not recruiting enough minority staffers to reach out to their electorate. The Free Beacon reports:
Potential 2020 Democratic candidates are struggling to recruit minority staffers to help with their campaigns, a factor Democratic operatives say could severely limit success.
Emerging campaigns have been trying assemble minority campaign staffers, but there has been a shortage of capable Democratic operatives who fully understand the coalitions and how to work across racial and economic lines, despite the party’s base being increasingly diverse and young, according to Politico.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Sherod Brown (D., Ohio), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) have previously employed African Americans in senior leadership roles, so they could reactivate them in the future if they decide to run for office, giving them an advantage over emerging campaigns who are still compiling spreadsheets of potential minority staffers and strategizing about assembling diverse teams. Politico interviewed more than a dozen Democratic operatives and their consensus on the issue was there aren’t enough seasoned minority operatives to join the campaigns.
“Here’s what’s going to happen. If you don’t have any people of color on your national team or if you don’t have them in those early states … you’re going to be hamstrung,” said Jamal Simmons, a seasoned Democratic operative who has served as an adviser for multiple Democratic presidential candidates.
The 2020 Dem primary is already expected to have a huge number of nominees, with every one trying to run to the left of one another.