Monday, November 10, 2014

Message from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

We've shared this important message from DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz written to members of the Democratic National Committee so you can see that the Party is making a strong effort to identify the breakdown in connecting to voters in order to strengthen and advance onto a successful 2016.

Hello fellow DNC Member,

I'm not going to gloss over the facts: on Tuesday, the Republicans had a good night. We didn't. We worked hard for months, we even won a few tough races, but it wasn't enough.

Sometimes, you work your heart out, leave it all on the field and still come up short. In a democracy, on occasion, the other side is going to win. When that happens, you don't give up – instead, you focus, review and press forward!

Even if I'm disappointed, I'm not discouraged. And that is because of people like you.

Whether I’m talking to a grandmother giving up her weekends to volunteer on a campaign back in Florida or a teacher who comes up to say that he chipped in five bucks to one of our emails, Democrats like you do amazing things.

For months, you all made calls. You all talked to your neighbors. You knocked doors. You donated. You stood with President Obama, and you stood up for middle class families.

You inspire me every single day, and I don't want another minute to go by without you hearing me say how much I appreciate what you do.

So, thank you.

Your dedication is at the heart and soul of who we are as a party.

But our party has a problem.

We know we’re right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make a case to the country as a whole, doesn’t translate in other elections.

That’s why we lost in 2010, and it’s why we lost on Tuesday.

We’ve got to do better.

So that’s why, we’re going to kick off an effort at the DNC to do a top-to-bottom assessment of how we can do better in future midterm elections like these.

Of course our next big and most important task at the DNC is to elect a Democratic president of the United States in 2016. And we have the building blocks to do just that. We will be talking more about that in the coming months. But finding real and lasting solutions to our mid-term election issues is critical for the success of the policies we care about and the long term strength of our party.

Within the next couple of weeks, I’m going to name a committee of key party stakeholders and experts, who will spearhead an examination of what went wrong, and how the Democratic Party can do a better job of connecting in midterm elections.

We are going to look at where we fell short. We're going to identify our mistakes. And we're going to talk to the smartest people in our party and the most dedicated Democrats in the country to build on what we’ve done that works and find solutions for things that are broken.

We want to add your voice to this discussion and will be following up with you in the coming weeks to make sure your input is included.

Thank you, again! You'll hear more from us soon!

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair, Democratic Party

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