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Statement from California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall & Secretary Jenny Bach on Donna Brazile DNC Announcement

Sacramento—California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall and Secretary Jenny Bach released the following statement in reaction to this morning’s announcement by former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile:

”The news we received today about the Democratic National Committee’s conduct in the run-up to the 2016 primary campaign was incredibly frustrating and terribly disheartening. The DNC is obligated to be neutral and above-board when it comes to dealing fairly with all Democratic candidates because the DNC is supposed to represent our entire party, not any one candidate. Instead of living up to that obligation to all of us who proudly call ourselves progressive Grassroots Democrats, the DNC chose to engage in the same kind of insider-dealing Beltway elitism that has driven so many people from the Democratic Party, and cost us too many elections in the process—including, tragically, the 2016 presidential election.

Here in the California Democratic Party, we are embracing a reform agenda that will enable California Democrats to define the progressive agenda for the 21st century. We’ve announced a Clean Money Campaign Finance Task Force so we can win elections, and fund our party, with clean money. We’ve appointed the most diverse set committee appointments in our history. We’ve embraced a true shared-decision making model as officers, and we’ve worked to strengthen the voice of California Progressives in deciding the Democratic nominee for President in 2020. We are building on our reform agenda to deliver the progressive victories California desevers – getting special interest money out of politics, protecting civil rights for people of color, women, immigrants and the LGBT community, ensuring everyone has access to healthcare, combatting climate change, and addressing the cataclysmic income inequality gap between the ultra-wealthy and everyone else.

Today’s news from the DNC only hinders this important work, and the vast majority of Democrats, including Clinton supporters like Donna Brazile, believe reforms like these are needed at the DNC. Even though these decisions were not made under their leadership, it is incumbent upon Chair Perez, Deputy Chair Ellison and the rest of the DNC team to take every step necessary to repair this egregious breach of trust and ensure tomorrow is better than today, for each and every one of us.

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