Feb 9, 2017

Democrats to Obama: shut down your political arm

Evan Vucci / AP

As former President Obama dabbles in rebuilding the Democratic Party, not everyone is welcoming his political arm, Organizing For Action. Politico has a story this AM quoting state level Democrats on how OFA has "weakened" the DNC by siphoning off resources. Money quote via Jane Kleeb, the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party:

"[With] all due respect to President Obama, OFA was created as a shadow party because Obama operatives had no faith in state parties. So I hope the OFA role is none. I hope OFA closes their doors ... They gave us a great president for eight years, but we lost everywhere else."

Why it matters: This isn't just a quote war. As Axios' Jonathan Swan notes this morning, Democrats at a national level are finding a Tea Party of their own. One part of that shift will be pushing out elements of the old guard. As Kleeb bluntly told Politico, that includes Democratic operatives in DC, including OFA.

Facts Matter: Obama leaves behind a weakened Democratic Party

Go deeper