Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

DCCC names new executive director after staff shake-up

Lucinda Guinn, then of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, is photographed on the House side of the Capitol.
Lucinda Guinn. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said in a statement Wednesday that it's chosen Lucinda Guinn as its new executive director — the first Latina to serve in the role.

Why it matters: Per Politico, the appointment of the former EMILY’S List executive comes after more than a month-long search following a mass exodus of senior staffers in July, including former executive director Allison Jaslow, triggering an outcry from Democrats over a lack of diversity at the campaign arm.

The big picture: The DCCC said that the native New Mexican, who grew up in El Paso, has worked on campaigns "up and down the ballot, including managing large Red-to-Blue races and serving as Political Director at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund."

Ocasio-Cortez urges DCCC donations halt over "harmful" blacklist rule

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized a new DCCC blacklist policy on consulting firms.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says donors should give directly to swing candidates. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) urged small donors Saturday to pause Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee donations, as she became the latest Democrat to criticize a new DCCC policy blacklisting anyone working with primary challengers over sitting Democrats.