The Democratic National Committee on Thursday announced the members of its panel tasked with reviewing the party’s devastating midterm election losses and suggest improvements going forward.
The 11-member Democratic Victory Task Force includes representatives from key Democratic constituencies, including union, Latino and women’s rights groups, as well as operatives and elected officials from three of the states where Democrats their unexpected losses.
Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and Naomi Aberly, a board member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America with ties to a number of women’s rights groups, have both been appointed to the task force. Their appointments are a nod to the fact that Democrats drew slimmer-than-expected wins among female voters and lower enthusiasm among unions this cycle.
It also includes Google head Eric Schmidt and Teddy Goff, the digital director for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, hinting that the task force plans to investigate two traditional Democratic strengths that seemingly failed the party this cycle: Their data and digital operations.
And Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio and Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist with Louisiana roots, are all bringing perspectives from states where Democrats unexpectedly lost, like Colorado, or suffered unexpectedly devastating defeats, like Kentucky and, if public polling holds through the Senate runoff there, Louisiana.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the committee hopes to work with the group “to build on what we’ve done that works, identify and prioritize challenges and ultimately improve our party’s performance in future elections.”
“This diverse group of Democratic Party officials, strategists and advocates will each bring with them expertise from their fields to collaborate on a holistic review of the Party’s past performance and present actionable areas for improvement moving forward,” she said.