“I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it,”
Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is struggling. Not only did she finish third in Iowa, she just lost several campaign employees in Nevada, all women of color, who made some harsh allegations about their treatment.
It’s amazing that this is even being reported.
Alex Thompson of Politico has the story:
Women of color bolt Warren’s Nevada campaign in frustration
A half-dozen women of color have departed Elizabeth Warren’s Nevada campaign in the run-up to the state’s caucuses with complaints of a toxic work environment in which minorities felt tokenized and senior leadership was at loggerheads.
The six staffers have left the roughly 70-person Nevada team since November, during a critical stretch of the race. Three of them said they felt marginalized by the campaign, a situation they said didn’t change or worsened after they took their concerns to their superiors or to human resources staff.
“During the time I was employed with Nevada for Warren, there was definitely something wrong with the culture,” said Megan Lewis, a field organizer who joined the campaign in May and departed in December. “I filed a complaint with HR, but the follow-up I received left me feeling as though I needed to make myself smaller or change who I was to fit into the office culture.”
Another recently departed staffer, also a field organizer, granted anonymity because she feared reprisal, echoed that sentiment. “I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it,” she said in an interview.
She added: “We all were routinely silenced and not given a meaningful chance on the campaign.
Thompson also provides a statement from the campaign:
Warren’s campaign did not dispute the women’s accounts but suggested they do not reflect a broader problem within her large, 31-state organization.
“We strive for an inclusive environment and work hard to learn and improve,” Warren campaign spokesperson Kristen Orthman said. pic.twitter.com/OJCm8zjqMb
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) February 6, 2020
Warren’s problems don’t end there. Her campaign is getting concerned about cash flow, and is pulling some advertising. Would you believe she has a staff of over 1,000 people?
Annie Linskey writes at the Washington Post:
After disappointing Iowa vote, Warren says she needs to be ‘careful’ with money
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is trying to conserve cash and pulled down TV ads in Nevada and South Carolina after a disappointing third-place standing in Iowa that failed to provide a fundraising bump.
“I just always want to be careful about how we spend our money,” Warren (D-Mass.) said Wednesday after being asked about the roughly $375,000 of TV ads pulled in two states that vote later this month.
She added that her cash comes from people who make small donations. “I just want to be very careful with this money,” she said.
Warren on Wednesday also yanked an additional $100,000 worth of ads, mostly in South Carolina markets but also in Reno, Nev., according to Advertising Analytics, which tracks campaign spending on television…
Compounding that problem, Warren also has among the largest campaigns, with more than 1,000 on staff, meaning she has a hefty payroll bill to meet each month and little extra that she can cut before chopping personnel.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Warren is currently at fourth place in New Hampshire.
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