July 29 (UPI) — Allison Jaslow resigned Monday as executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee amid criticism that the organization lacks diversity in its leadership.
Jaslow, an ally of DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos, made the announcement during a staff meeting. She issued a public statement on Twitter.
“When I was in eighth grade, I decided that my life would be dedicated to serving my country,” Jaslow said. “My commitment to the mission, our country and the people who commit their lives to serving it is unwavering.
“And, sometimes selfless service means having the courage to take a bow for the sake of the mission — especially when the stakes are so high.”
Jaslow said her resignation was effective immediately.
Her departure came after Reps. Vicente González and Filemon Vela of Texas called for her resignation over the weekend.
“The DCCC is now in complete chaos,” they said in a joint statement to Politico on Sunday.
“The single most immediate action that Cheri Bustos can take to restore confidence in the organization and to promote diversity is to appoint a qualified person of color, of which there are many, as executive director at once.”
The Hill reported that most senior officials in the DCCC this year are white men. The most senior person of color, chief of staff Jalisa Washington-Price, left in February after Bustos became chairwoman.
Bustos said she intends to take part in diversity and inclusion training.