Ahead of next month’s elections for party leaders, The Democratic National Committee is preparing to hold Donald Trump’s feet to the fire in their new war room for communication and research.
The DNC has been in flux since former chairperson Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) resigned amid an email controversy that surfaced through WikiLeaks. Since her resignation, Donna Brazile has filled in a interim chair.
Despite the fact that leadership elections take place in February, Brazile thought it important to hit the ground running with the new war room as the Trump Administration is taking shape. Brazile hired several new operatives, who are not new to the Democratic Party.
Adam Hodge, who worked on the Obama campaign and has been serving as communications director, will leave for a new position. In his place Brazile named John Neffinger for the interim communications spot. Neffinger will be joined by Zac Petkanas, who will serve as senior advisor and Adrienne Watson, who will serve as the DNC’s Press Secretary. Both Petkanas and Watson worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In addition, Tessa Simonds, who is already with the DNC, will act as the team’s digital director. Simonds will focus on digital organization, state parties and down-ballot campaigns.
In her statement Brazile said, “I’m thrilled to welcome these talented and dedicated Democrats to our team, an look forward to the critical work we’ll be doing in the weeks ahead, as we prepare to elect new party leaders and rededicate ourselves to the fight for a brighter future for all Americans.”
The key priorities for the DNC War Room over the next several weeks will be to keep the spotlight on Trump’s conflicts of interests, the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 elections and to defend the Obama Administrations achievements.