Despite the high probability of an African-American or a female becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, a review of the Georgia Democratic Party’s staff shows that there are no African-Americans or females in any meaningful leadership positions.
Of the fourteen paid staff positions listed on the state Democratic Party’s website, four are held by women and none of the female staffers hold any of the “director” positions (i.e., executive director, communications director, field director, finance director, canvass director, or call center director).
Georgia Politics Unfiltered has learned that two of the Democrats’ four female employees, Anne Bartoletti and Stacey Chavis will be leaving their positions for unspecified reasons. Bartoletti is white and Chavis is black.
With Anne Bartoletti’s departure, the state Democratic Party no longer has any person on paid staff with institutional knowledge of how the Democratic Party of Georgia, including the state Democratic committee and each respective county Democratic Party, works.
The white-washing of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s paid staff comes just two years after the Party had numerous females and minorities on the payroll including a black female deputy director, a black male field director, a black female FEC compliance director, a black male research director, and a white female director of county affairs.
The Democrats’ staff shake-up, in an important election year, has many wondering if the Republicans will be facing any real opposition from the left side of the aisle come November. There are also some questioning why the Democratic Party of Georgia, which has less than $300,000 in the bank according to campaign finance reports, has more employees on payroll than the Georgia Republican Party.
In comparison to the Democrats’ 14 employees and $290,982.89 in the bank, the Georgia GOP has 8 paid staffers and a net cash on hand of more than $1 million.