Expressing his displeasure with the state of the Democratic Party once again, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared the Democratic National Committee has been “worthless” during a Wednesday interview on public radio in Nevada.
“I believe one of the failures of the Democratic Party has been the Democratic National Committee,” he said. “The DNC has been worthless. They do nothing to help state parties. That should be the main goal they have.”
Pausing briefly to underscore his offerings to the Nevada Democratic Party, which he claimed helped enormously to deliver the Silver State to Hillary Clinton during the presidential election and a model the DNC could feasibly seize to counter Republican gains, Reid offered some self-congratulations.
“I developed everything in Nevada on my own,” Reid averred.
Returning to upbraid the party and its leadership, Reid spared no word of condemnation of former party chair, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and revealed his hope the next chair would be entirely free of the distraction of public office and devote energy developing a strategy to reclaim party dominance nationwide.
“Whoever ends up running the DNC, we need a full time DNC chair. And what they should do — they can take my model if they want — it’s not rocket science. They should take a few states every election cycle, maybe three, maybe four, and help them develop the infrastructure for good state party organization.”
“Not someone like we had with that congresswoman from Florida, who was a full-time congresswoman and a part-time chair,” Reid said, blasting the former party leader.
Top candidates for DNC chair in 2017 include progressive Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, along with the respective state Democratic Party chairs of South Carolina and New Hampshire.
[Salon] [The Hill]