Buzz within the Democratic party is that activists are peeved at OFA—the successor organization of “Obama For America,” which is now called “Organizing For Action.”
Per Weasel Zippers, OFA is meant to act as a sort of “parallel-Democratic National Committee” but has instead “drawn the intense ire, both public and private, of grassroots organizers and state parties that are convinced that OFA inadvertently helped decimate Democrats at the state and local level.”
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“This is some GRADE A Bullshit right here,” Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, wrote in a private Democratic-listserv email obtained by The Daily Beast. Handwerk was reacting to news of OFA’s post-election retooling, which was shared “without comment” to the group of state-level Dems by Crystal Kay Perkins, executive director for Texas Democrats.
“It also to me seems TONE DEAF—we have lost over 1,000 seats in the past 8 years… all because of this crap,” Handwerk continued. “Let’s get through the next two weeks—but then we gotta figure this out and keep the pressure on. WOW.”
Inner-party turmoil can’t be good signs for Democrats moving forward, who are scrambling to organize after historic losses this past cycle.
The party has been in panic mode as recent polls revealed one of it’s most promising leaders, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, might have a fight on her hands to retain her seat in 2018.