Democrats Have Had a Hard Day

Not ONLY do they not have ANY results from their Iowa caucus cluster (nor WILL they until maybe tomorrow morning), but word has broken about the 2020 Host Committee.

“Who’s that?” you ask.

They’re the way-up-the-food-chain Democrats in charge of raising the $70+ million it’s going to cost to stage the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, and get ALL those volunteers together to get the thing running. THAT’S who. Money. People. Power.

And they just can’t seem to get along. At ALL…

The two top officials overseeing Milwaukee’s host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were sidelined Monday amid allegations of a toxic work culture. 

In a letter to staff obtained by the Journal Sentinel, the board said it had retained an attorney to investigate “concerns about the work environment” for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee.   

During the investigation, Liz Gilbert, president of the host committee, will not be in the office and “will not have direct contact with staff,” the letter says. Adam Alonso, the chief of staff for the group, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the probe. 

Both will be paid as the investigation moves forward. The letter gives no timeline when Carmen N. Decot, a partner with Foley & Lardner, will finish her probe. 

The abrupt move comes less than six months before the start of the Democratic National Convention. The host committee — the civic, nonpartisan arm of the convention — is responsible for raising $70 million to stage the July event at Fiserv Forum and recruit some 15,000 volunteers. 

Six months to show time, huh? And the bosses aren’t allowed contact with the staff?

Ever notice how it’s always the ones who lecture and point fingers about mistreatment and “respect” who wind up getting nailed for mistreatment and complete lack of respect? It always is.

It’s also always those same types who are feathering their nests at the expense of whatever public service they are supposed to be providing.

…In interviews with the Journal Sentinel over the weekend, two experienced political hands who have worked with the host committee described it as having a toxic culture rife with power struggles, backbiting and mismanagement.  

They accused the top two officials, Gilbert and Alonso, of giving contracts to their friends in New Jersey, calling meetings and then failing to attend them and being more focused on accumulating power than promoting Milwaukee.

A New Jersey firm with strong ties to the New Jersey Democratic Party, for instance, developed the website for the host committee and manages its email platform. Both Gilbert and Alonso are top-ranking Democratic operatives in that state. 

These assertions come at the same time that Alonso is being accused in his home state of New Jersey of shaking down campaign contributors for his personal consulting business.  

Somebody from New Jersey accused of a shakedown?

Knock me over with a feather.

5 Responses to “Democrats Have Had a Hard Day”

  1. Gunslinger says:

    The very same kind of people who want to control healthcare.

  2. (leelu) says:

    OK. Totally munged primary process (Hil’s friends’ s/w in Iowa and elsewhere[?])=> brokered convention => candidate Hillary.

    Just speculating…

  3. aelfheld says:

    Democrats promote a toxic culture so their surprise at a toxic work culture seems suspect.

  4. tree hugging sister says:

    I think they are genuinely surprised at the toxic culture they promote when it backfires on them. Like the mad scientist in the tower who is always shocked when the tower itself blows up.

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    And Guns – they ALREADY DID CONTROL HEALTHCARE, remember?

    It went SO well.

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