Below is a letter from the Chair of the Democratic National Committee to all DNC members. Martha Love, one of Wisconsin's DNC member, has asked the DPMC to publish it for our members. The letter outlines the DNC's strategy and work going forward to the fall election.
Dear DNC Member,
Last week was a historic one as we finished the last of our delegate selection contests in the District of Columbia after an exciting primary season. All told, nearly 28 million Americans cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and together they earned the support of 2.7 million more voters than the top three Republican candidates combined. For all the talk of record-setting Republican primaries, the truth is there was more energy behind our candidates. They ran smart and substantive campaigns that spoke to the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of hardworking families across our country.
I issued a statement last Tuesday night congratulating both of our candidates for that achievement. They made us proud to be Democrats. Now our focus turns to the general election. From the start of the 2016 primaries, Republicans were divided as their primary contest was reduced to name-calling, mudslinging and infighting. In the meantime, Democrats have shown the American people that we’re prepared to lead and build on the progress of the last seven years under the Obama Administration. Last November we unveiled the final report of the Democratic Victory Task Force. I had commissioned the Task Force to address the challenges our Party has had in winning in off-year elections in the same way we’ve won nationally, and to help us focus on the infrastructure that we need to win up and down the ballot.
Since the Task Force issued its preliminary recommendations and final report, we’ve been working overtime and we’ve made tremendous progress on every aspect of what our party needed to do.
- Since 2013, we’ve quintupled the size of our digital team to boost fundraising and provide training and support to our state parties.
- We’ve assembled a top-notch team of messaging, branding, and polling experts, and we’ve built out a state-of-the-art media monitoring operation to track and inform our rapid response operation.
- Our teams are providing training, implementing best practices, sharing technology and design assets, and building community throughout the Democratic family.
- And we’ve invested in expanding on our significant data edge over Republicans, making our state-of-the-art voter available to candidates at every level.
As a result, we are further along at this stage of a presidential election than we’ve ever been before. We are concluding our primary season not just ready for the general election, but with a tremendous head start. Two weeks ago, Politico reported that Republican operatives in battleground states are feeling overwhelmed by the Democratic advantage they’re seeing on the ground. And as the AP reported, we’ve already begun deploying hundreds of staffers. In fact, we’ve trained and mobilized teams in research, social media, and data analytics who are already working to hold Donald Trump and Republicans accountable at every level. As I sign this letter today, a new report finds that the Trump campaign has barely even built a team of paid staffers – hiring just 30! – in battleground states. So we have a tremendous advantage, and we’re not going to cede an inch.
That’s why last week, we also took further steps to consolidate our general election operations. On Thursday I introduced our General Election Chief of Staff, Brandon Davis, who will work directly with me at DNC headquarters and with Robby Mook and the HFA team. Brandon will play a critical role in coordinating our operations across the battleground states and with our eventual nominee, while Amy Dacey will continue to serve as our intrepid CEO, advancing the party-building work that we’ve carried out together over the last nearly four years. That includes continuing to invest in every state and territory as part of our 50-state partnership program; which provides more resources and services to state parties than ever before and ensures a national infrastructure which strengthens our state parties for the long-term.
I’m proud of our progress. Now, with a successful primary season behind us, Democrats are energized and we’re going to be relentless as we take on Donald Trump and the Republican Party he leads. Since the start of his campaign, Donald Trump has proven without a doubt that he is reckless, dangerous and divisive. He has shown in every conceivable way that he lacks the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. And he has left no doubt that America cannot afford to let him anywhere near the White House.
We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve got a head start and we’re not going to let up. At our convention in July, Democrats will nominate a qualified, capable candidate to build on the hard-won progress of the last seven years. Your work, every single day from now until November 8th, will make the difference. Thank you for all you do, I look forward to continuing to work alongside you to secure a decisive victory in November.
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz