Former RI Democratic Party leaders now shaping National Party strategy for 2022
ICYMI: Rhode Island had as many as 152,306 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, after adding 23 new cases. The most recent overall positive daily test rate was 0.5 percent. The state announced one new death, bringing the total to 2,723. There were 38 people in the hospital and 600,374 residents were fully immunized.
There was a lot of buzz in national Democratic Party circles last week about a new report outlining how Democrats were able to take over the White House and the United States Senate. One of the main takeaways was that the party might not be able to repeat its success if it does not make certain changes.
The report was prepared by the Third Way think tank, the Latino Victory Fund and the Collective PAC, three organizations that represent key constituencies within the party.
And it turns out there’s a certain Rhode Island flavor in one of the groups.
Former Executive Directors of the Democratic Party of Rhode Island Cyd mckenna and Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye working for the PAC Collective, which has become one of the most influential organizations in the country when it comes to helping black candidates win elections.
McKenna is the organization’s chief of staff and Olasanoye is its organization’s national director.
The PAC Collective supported more than 150 candidates across the country in the last electoral cycle, but its most notable victory came in Georgia, where it led a program that helped 77,000 voters go to the polls during six weeks leading up to the Senate race. – out of election.
“I’m not sure there were organizations that actually picked up voters and carried them to the polls like the Collective was,” Olasanoye said. “We were doing it for Raphael Warnock, but it helped Jon osoff, too much.”
Olasanoye led the Rhode Island Democratic Party between 2017 and 2019 before leaving for the same position with the New Jersey Democratic Party. McKenna took over the Rhode Island party in 2019 and joined Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign in February 2020.
McKenna joined the PAC Collective after the Bloomberg campaign disbanded, and she recruited Olasanoye to join the team earlier this year.
The PAC Collective was founded in 2016 by Quentin Jacques and Stefanie Brown James, and has helped black applicants raise tens of millions of dollars since then. It counts the American representative Val Demings and vice-president Kamala harris (during his run for the US Senate) as two of his biggest early victories.
Olasanoye said the report released last week was “the most comprehensive assessment of 2020 in the ecosystem,” but said it was not meant to be prescriptive of the party’s plan for next year. Instead, he said it was aimed at highlighting successful strategies and exposing flaws that could be detrimental in the future.
One of the main findings of the report: âOur approach to voters of color has significantly affected our results. Olasanoye said the report shows Democrats need to stop viewing black and Latino voters as voting targets, and improve messaging and awareness around them.
“We have learned that the way the Democratic Party addresses the main voters has to change,” Olasanoye said.
You can read the full report here.
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