Milwaukee's Democrat Convention host committee is imploding, too

The Democrats' chaos in Iowa may be just a foretaste of what lies ahead when the party convenes its convention in Milwaukee July 13.  Well before Sanders-supporters get a chance to make good on their threat that "Milwaukee will burn" if Bolshie Bernie doesn't garner the nomination, the host committee that raises money to hire security guards among many other expenses is mired in scandal and is unlikely to be trusted in anything it does from now on.

Milwaukee: Come for the brats and beer; stay for the riots and and firebombs

Photo credit: Harshil Shah.

Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

The two top officials overseeing Milwaukee's host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were sidelined Monday amid allegations of a toxic work culture. 

In a letter to staff obtained by the Journal Sentinel, the board said it had retained an attorney to investigate "concerns about the work environment" for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee.

During the investigation, Liz Gilbert, president of the host committee, will not be in the office and "will not have direct contact with staff," the letter says. Adam Alonso, the chief of staff for the group, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the probe.

The two have previously come under criticism for continuing to do work for New Jersey Democrats while leading the Host Committee full time. The New Jersey Democratic Party dumped Alonso from his $15,000-per-month consulting gig late Monday. 

Aside from the ordinary and routine (for Dems) corruption of holding down two "full time jobs" a thousand miles apart, the "work environment" apparently does not withstand scrutiny in this era of #MeToo and racial hypersensitivity:

In interviews with the Journal Sentinel over the weekend, two experienced political hands who have worked with the host committee described it as having a toxic culture rife with power struggles, backbiting and mismanagement. (snip)

The second official said they would become sick to their stomach when working with the host committee, the first time they experienced a toxic work environment, despite working on numerous campaigns. "You know it when you see it, when you feel it," the second official said. 

Both added that they had high hopes for the host committee. But they said the culture at the committee reflects none of that enthusiasm.

I am so old that I vividly remember the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, less than a  hundred miles away, when antiwar (and anti-establishment) radicals engaged in street warfare with the Chicago Police Department, thereby demonstrating to the nation the unfitness for power of the Democrats, and electing a man they loathed almost as much as they loathe Donald Trump: Richard Nixon.

The donkeys are quickly solidifying their brand as a group unqualified to run anything more complicated than a yard sale.

The Democrats' chaos in Iowa may be just a foretaste of what lies ahead when the party convenes its convention in Milwaukee July 13.  Well before Sanders-supporters get a chance to make good on their threat that "Milwaukee will burn" if Bolshie Bernie doesn't garner the nomination, the host committee that raises money to hire security guards among many other expenses is mired in scandal and is unlikely to be trusted in anything it does from now on.

Milwaukee: Come for the brats and beer; stay for the riots and and firebombs

Photo credit: Harshil Shah.

Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

The two top officials overseeing Milwaukee's host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were sidelined Monday amid allegations of a toxic work culture. 

In a letter to staff obtained by the Journal Sentinel, the board said it had retained an attorney to investigate "concerns about the work environment" for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee.

During the investigation, Liz Gilbert, president of the host committee, will not be in the office and "will not have direct contact with staff," the letter says. Adam Alonso, the chief of staff for the group, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the probe.

The two have previously come under criticism for continuing to do work for New Jersey Democrats while leading the Host Committee full time. The New Jersey Democratic Party dumped Alonso from his $15,000-per-month consulting gig late Monday. 

Aside from the ordinary and routine (for Dems) corruption of holding down two "full time jobs" a thousand miles apart, the "work environment" apparently does not withstand scrutiny in this era of #MeToo and racial hypersensitivity:

In interviews with the Journal Sentinel over the weekend, two experienced political hands who have worked with the host committee described it as having a toxic culture rife with power struggles, backbiting and mismanagement. (snip)

The second official said they would become sick to their stomach when working with the host committee, the first time they experienced a toxic work environment, despite working on numerous campaigns. "You know it when you see it, when you feel it," the second official said. 

Both added that they had high hopes for the host committee. But they said the culture at the committee reflects none of that enthusiasm.

I am so old that I vividly remember the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, less than a  hundred miles away, when antiwar (and anti-establishment) radicals engaged in street warfare with the Chicago Police Department, thereby demonstrating to the nation the unfitness for power of the Democrats, and electing a man they loathed almost as much as they loathe Donald Trump: Richard Nixon.

The donkeys are quickly solidifying their brand as a group unqualified to run anything more complicated than a yard sale.