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Black Democratic leaders protest minority layoffs at party headquarters
The Associated Press ^ | 5/28/03 | Nedra Pickler

Posted on 05/28/2003 9:54:14 PM PDT by LdSentinal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leading black Democrats in Congress and the national party are protesting the layoffs of 10 minority staffers at the party's headquarters.

The Democratic National Committee notified some committee members and lawmakers Wednesday that they were cutting the positions to save money and streamline operations in preparation for next year's presidential election.

"I'm just outraged," said Donna Brazile, who served as Al Gore's campaign manager in the last presidential election and is also the chairwoman of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute. "They started reading me the names and I said 'Oh, oh -- they're all black. I went through the roof."'

Brazile said the DNC is making the cuts as part of its goal to raise $10 million to $15 million to support the party's presidential nominee.

She proposed that the party cut payroll instead of laying off competent staffers.

DNC communications strategist Jim Mulhall said the committee has hired at least nine new minority staffers in the past month. The committee has more than 100 employees but did not have a count of the number of minority staffers Wednesday night.

"We are hiring professionals who have the experience to carry the battle against George Bush," Mulhall said. "It's about making the DNC the most effective political organization we can."

Several black Democratic leaders were trying to arrange a meeting with DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe to discuss the layoffs.

"I helped get Terry McAuliffe elected so I have a vested interest in making sure this party is whole and reflective of America," said DNC executive committee member Minyon Moore. "I must tell you that I'm a little bit stunned."

The news quickly spread to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"It's a time we need sensitivity because it's time to get ready for the next election," said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas.

Staff changes have been creating tension at the DNC as the party prepares to take on a popular incumbent president and nine candidates are battling for the Democratic nomination.


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KEYWORDS: bernicejohnson; brazile; democrats; dnc; terrymccauliffe
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They should see it as a blessing. Otherwise, Senator Robert Byrd (D-KKK) would have eventually led them to a tree carrying some rope
1 posted on 05/28/2003 9:54:14 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal
She (Donna Brazile) proposed that the party cut payroll instead of laying off competent staffers.

That's a recipe for losing the competent staffers and retaining the incompetent ones.

2 posted on 05/28/2003 9:56:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help support terrorism.)
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To: LdSentinal
Blacks getting laid off at the Liberal Plantation? Oh gee, what a shock! ;-)
3 posted on 05/28/2003 9:58:03 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: LdSentinal
" "I'm just outraged," said Donna Brazile.... "They started reading me the names and I said 'Oh, oh -- they're all black. I went through the roof."'

Maybe Donna might be getting the hint that Clinton and McAuliffe don't really care about blacks-they just use them,when it's convenient.
4 posted on 05/28/2003 10:02:09 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: goldstategop
DEM-WITS SHOOT THEMSELFS IN THE FOOT AGAIN!!!!
5 posted on 05/28/2003 10:02:26 PM PDT by jocko12
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To: LdSentinal
"I'm just outraged," said Donna Brazile...

You shouldn't be. The rest of us have seen the writing on the wall for years. But in the end, even this won't be enough to shake loose the lock that the Democrats have on the African-American vote.

-PJ

6 posted on 05/28/2003 10:05:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: LdSentinal
I hope no whites got laid off. Humpty
7 posted on 05/28/2003 10:05:27 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
The DNC must remember that Field Liberals ain't no Headquarters liberals.
8 posted on 05/28/2003 10:06:40 PM PDT by MadMoo
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To: LdSentinal
"It's a time we need sensitivity because it's time to get ready for the next election,"

There it all is. Need to show sensitivity BECAUSE an election is coming up, NOT because that is the way people should be treated.

Bunch of flaming hypocrites.

10 posted on 05/28/2003 10:07:01 PM PDT by sd-joe
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To: noutopia
You mean Bubba's rednecks? Gee the irony is if this happened at GOP headquarters we'd never heard the end of the outrage. Heck, where's Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when you REALLY need 'em?? :)
11 posted on 05/28/2003 10:07:24 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: LdSentinal; mhking
Loony left alert.
12 posted on 05/28/2003 10:10:11 PM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Doctor Raoul
This wouldn't have happened under Chairman Maynard Jackson.
13 posted on 05/28/2003 10:11:02 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: goldstategop
Poor Jesse and Al are out to lunch so far on this.
14 posted on 05/28/2003 10:12:22 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
They aren't needed anymore. So the DNC's kicking them to the curve.

Guess they don't care about black Americans.

15 posted on 05/28/2003 10:12:51 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("It's the same ole story, same ole song and dance, my friend")
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To: noutopia
Where the blue hell are they?
16 posted on 05/28/2003 10:13:56 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("It's the same ole story, same ole song and dance, my friend")
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To: Dan from Michigan
WE be needs them fo sure.
17 posted on 05/28/2003 10:14:54 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
How insensitive! Screw the elections. Put those folks back on the payroll. They're not going to win anyway. Straighten Terry out, Donna!

Quote of the Day by Lizavetta

18 posted on 05/28/2003 10:15:23 PM PDT by RJayneJ
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To: Dan from Michigan
Of course come November 2004, the RATS will simply blame the Pubbies for the layoffs at the democRATic party HQ.
19 posted on 05/28/2003 10:17:41 PM PDT by Kuksool
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To: Dan from Michigan
Why shouldn't the DNC do this? After all, no matter what they do, no matter how many black children they imprisoned in America's public schools, blacks have overwhelmingly voted Democrat. Why shouldn't they be taken for granted? Hat's off to black conservatives. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to buck that huge peer pressure in order to face the truth.
20 posted on 05/28/2003 10:19:48 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: LdSentinal
They all obediently vote Dem anyway but I'm just amazed at how they enjoy riding in the back of the Democratic bus.
21 posted on 05/28/2003 10:27:03 PM PDT by byteback
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To: byteback
In South Carolina Al Sharpton Will get A lot of votes,mine included in the primaries.Then in the general I vote for the right man GW.
22 posted on 05/28/2003 10:34:01 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
The committee has more than 100 employees but did not have a count of the number of minority staffers Wednesday night.

What crap. 'Rats always know exactly how many of each skin color they have in any group of more than one. Counting colors is what 'Rats are all about. Well, when they're not stealing other people's money, that is.

23 posted on 05/28/2003 10:38:44 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: byteback
How true. When I talk to black associates, many of whom are deeply devout Christians, they agree w/every conservative point I make and yet they still vote for the Dims. I just don't get it.

I can't tell you what kind of looks I get when I'm with a group of blacks, the talk turns political - with the obligatory Bush jokes - and I tell them I voted for Bush. Since I'm black, I guess they think that we all have the same mindset and they can say what they want. I have to call them on their idiotic statements.

On the other hand, I wonder how homeland security will affect all of this - some blacks I know in DC are ready to vote for GWB because of the security issues particular to DC. They know they need a strong man in the White House.
24 posted on 05/28/2003 10:45:57 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: noutopia
Hello. This is my first ever posting on this site, and I hope I'm doing everything correctly.

The Democratic party in this country has (as all conservatives already know) been taking the black vote for granted since sometime around the early Bronze Age. Wasn't there some fuss, just a few months ago, regarding Nancy "The Mummy Returns" Pelosi assuming her House leadership position by ruthlessly squashing some black congressguy who got in her way, or somesuch? (I may be completely misremembering the salient details, here. Feel free to correct me, if I'm in gross error here.)

Black voters have no one to blame but themselves for this unhappy status quo, ultimately. When a woman keeps going back and going back and going back to the man who beats her, knowing full well that he's likely to beat on her again, in the not-too-distant future... that's not assault any longer. That's masochism.

25 posted on 05/28/2003 10:51:12 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
What is your point?
26 posted on 05/28/2003 10:57:07 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: noutopia
I'm sorry. I would have thought that was manifestly clear, in context... but possibly I wasn't plain enough.

Which part, specifically, was it which seemed unclear to you? I'll be happy to restate it for easier understanding, if I can.

27 posted on 05/28/2003 11:01:05 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
And welcome to the best site for Conservative opinions on the news.
28 posted on 05/28/2003 11:02:31 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal

SPANK DA DONKEY!


29 posted on 05/28/2003 11:03:51 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: noutopia
Thank you, noutopia. I'm a long-time lurker, who has only just now started posting (obviously). I'll try to be a credit to this site... or, at the very least, not a burden. :)
30 posted on 05/28/2003 11:04:12 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
No problem here dude.
31 posted on 05/28/2003 11:06:30 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
This is what happens when Hispanics outnumber Blacks after the last census. Jackson's rhymes are out and Habla Espanol is in. If I were the Black Caucus I would switch my allegiance to the Green Party.
32 posted on 05/28/2003 11:31:47 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Welcome to FReepers!

You make a good point. Blacks have been convinced by their self-appointed leaders that it is the Republicans who would "keep them on the back of the bus". But times are changing in this information age with the internet and Fox News. It also helps that Jesse Jackson has lost a great deal of his moral high ground and credibility with his infidelity. I don't think blacks objected to Jackson's blackmail of major corporations, having been convinced by Jackson, et al that it was their due, a form of pay-back for past wrongs. But the more they learn about his millionaire lifestyle and the child he fathered with his mistress, the more disillusioned some have become.

So there is hope that those who choose to educate themselves about political matters will eventually realize that the DemonRats are not their saviour, that welfare is the plantation that the DemonRats strive to keep them on to maintain their power.

33 posted on 05/28/2003 11:33:35 PM PDT by bjcintennessee
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To: LdSentinal
Dems are so stupid. They create pitbulls then are amazed when the pitbulls turn on their owners. ROFL Let's see....how many more victim groups have they created....LOL
34 posted on 05/28/2003 11:37:18 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: Timesink
All together now.

WE SHALL OVERCOMMMMME WE SHALL OVERCOMMMMME, WE SHALL OVERCOMMMMMMMME SOMMMMMMMEDAY!

35 posted on 05/28/2003 11:37:49 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: bjcintennessee
WoW that was great!!!
36 posted on 05/28/2003 11:38:14 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
Let's just back up here a second. I don't care if the people they laid off are black, white, or purple with orange stripes. But am I missing something, or is it really bizarre to be laying people off going INTO a major campaign? Isn't that when you normally are hiring MORE people? And then you lay them off after the election, when you don't need them anymore? These guys must really be strapped for cash if they're having to take this step NOW, of all times. Or am I missing something?
37 posted on 05/28/2003 11:38:51 PM PDT by Brandon
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They started reading me the names and I said 'Oh, oh -- they're all black..'

What sort of person is so race-focused that they immediately start thinking about the color of the person being discussed?

A racist.

38 posted on 05/28/2003 11:42:14 PM PDT by TheLooseThread
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To: bjcintennessee
Thanks, bjc. I grew up in Nashville, incidentally; went to Overton High School, if you know where that is (Jefferson County).

I find this subject fascinating, because I'm part of a group which (up until just recently) was also a "given" constituency for the Dems: American Jews.

For a long, long time now, I've been virtually the only conservative in any gathering of Jews in which i found myself... but (and this is the good news, I think) I find that changing more and more, ever since 9/11, and GWB's principled defense of Israel. I don't think it's in any way impossible -- all things being equal; and barring any sudden surprises, between now and 11/04 -- for our party, at long last, to score as much as 40% (or more) of the Jewish vote, next time out.

(That may not seem like much, I know... but: considering how monlithic the Jewish vote has always been for the Dems in the past...)

Suddenly: states such as New York, and Illinois -- areas usually all but conceded to the Dems, electorally -- are "in play" again, if that happens. :)

39 posted on 05/28/2003 11:45:23 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: Brandon
I do need a job,but if they are firing blacks I don't think I have much of a chance.
40 posted on 05/28/2003 11:46:02 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
If you are series sir welcome.
41 posted on 05/28/2003 11:52:31 PM PDT by noutopia
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
So you are black,poor and Jewish?
42 posted on 05/29/2003 12:08:13 AM PDT by noutopia
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To: noutopia
"Black," no. "Jewish," yes. "Poor" would depend upon your definition of same, I suppose. Why, if you don't mind my asking...? :)
43 posted on 05/29/2003 12:13:53 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: LdSentinal
No member of the Congressional Black Caucus is willing to stand up to Klansman Byrd. He puts fear in their hearts, for good reason, but they have yet had the courage to walk away. The GOP should lobby young black voters and canvass the rest to stay home on the basis that the Democrats have nothing for them lately- it's like a De La Hoya flurry in the last few seconds to steal the round: Dems do nothing but then flurry a few months before the election proposing bills to aid blacks which they know won't pass but they can use for election purposes. It's a sad sight to watch.
44 posted on 05/29/2003 12:21:45 AM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Hey I like them all don't you?This is a big house and all of us can get along here.I really don't care,if you are black,white green or purple as long as you are Conservative I have no problem with you or yours.
45 posted on 05/29/2003 12:22:59 AM PDT by noutopia
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To: noutopia
We should get along famously, then. I'm a diehard Reagan conservative. I'm pro-tax cuts; anti-government spending; pro-Israel (obviously); pro-gun; anti-NEA; etc., etc. I firmly believe in the Reagan Doctrine, insofar as interaction with foreign governments goes. I want to have Michelle Malkin's love child. Good enough...? :)
46 posted on 05/29/2003 12:32:06 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
What you said.I cant type that fast and I'm not as articulat,but yes thats why I'm here to talk with people and that is all. the more conservative the better.
47 posted on 05/29/2003 12:55:50 AM PDT by noutopia
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To: LdSentinal
If you are black, the liberals demand that you believe what they want you to believe. The part where you line up to be abused, well that's just a extra bennie.....
48 posted on 05/29/2003 5:15:06 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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Leading black Democrats in Congress

This should read "Leading Democrat blacks in Congress" because there are NO black people in leadership positions at the DNC.

DNC stands for "Deny Negros Control".

Maynard Jackson should be the DNC Chair. Somebody tell Donna that "The White Boys Won" (that's a riff on her racist remark). Clinton and Rendell were successful in putting McAuliffe in Maynard's Chair.

Howard Ford should be their leader in the House. The Democrats selected a white Gucci bag over a hard working black leader.

Carl McCall got the TRIPLE SCREW. Hillary waited till Mischief Night (days before the election) to hold a fundraiser for him PRIVATELY. The next morning, Hillary's at a photo op, a factory opening, bumping politic uglies with McCalls' opponent and saying nice things about him PUBLICALLY. Then Terry Terrific, the imposter in Maynard's chair, takes funds slated for McCall and sends it to two white guys in Florida, his father in law and the candidate his father in law works for. BTW, they both LOST.

And then there's the little known story of the DCCC position. William J. Jefferson is a good fundraiser, a hard worker and loyal Democrat who asked for the job. Well by now I don't have to tell you, he's black and the DNC screwed him too. He applied but didn't get the job. It went to a guy who wasn't even interested in the job.

What's a black person have to do to be allowed to sit in the front of the DNC bus?

49 posted on 05/29/2003 5:33:47 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (The "Anti-War Leaders" Have Blood On Their Hands, look and you'll find, they are NOT anti-war)
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To: LdSentinal
It's a race thang you wouldn't understand LOL.
50 posted on 05/29/2003 5:53:02 AM PDT by AbsoluteJustice (Kiss me I'm an INFIDEL!!!!)
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