The entire staff of the Nevada Democratic Party, as well as all contractors, have resigned after a slate of Democratic Socialists of America candidates took over leadership roles.

According to Just the News, the party’s Executive Director Alana Mounce, sent an email to Judith Whitmer, the winner of the race for party chairwoman, on Saturday, March 6, informing her that the staff was leaving.

“On March 6, a coalition of progressive candidates backed by the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America took over the leadership of the Nevada Democratic Party, sweeping all five party leadership positions in a contested election that evening,” the Intercept reported

Before being elected as the state party chairwoman, Whitmer served as the chairwoman of the Clark County Democratic Party.

The former leadership had already transferred $450,000 from the party’s accounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s account in anticipation of the defeat. According to the Intercept, the DSCC will use the funds to help Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a weak first-term Democrat, win re-election in 2022.

Whitmer ran as a candidate of The NV Dems Progressive Slate, which ran against the Democratic Party’s The Progressive Unity Slate.

Whitmer told the Intercept, “We weren’t really surprised, in that we were prepared for it.”

“But what hit us by surprise and was sort of shocking is that for a slate that claimed that they were all about unity, and kept this false narrative of division going on throughout the entire campaign—in fact they kept intensifying that. That’s what was surprising about it, was the willingness to just walk away, instead of working with us,” Whitmer added.

Whitmer, according to a former party staffer, would set the party back.

“I knew I couldn’t work with her and watch her destroy the years of hard work so many operatives put into making our state party the best state party in the country,” the anonymous staffer said.

Democratic socialists are also at odds with Democrats in Congress, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who, like Sanders, identifies as a Democratic socialist, putting pressure on the party’s establishment side.

 

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