A Democratic Party organization for younger members under age 35, that seems to oppose Bernie Sanders and can’t find a Latino to run its “caucus” can only claim a handful of elected officials in Hudson as sponsors, and virtually no place else.
While there are 80 elected Democrats in the current State Legislature, only three are listed as sponsors by the New Jersey state chapter of the Young Democrats of America.
Two of those three are from one district in Hudson County, and the third legislator from that district is the Latino (Cuban-born) Speaker of the Assembly, Vincent Prieto.
Maybe that’s because of a typo-filled press release (it’s available here) that took a shot at Bernie Sanders and progressive supporters and included this passage:
“Many perceive the youth branch of the party as overwrought with Berniecrats of apathetic non-participants”
Then, when seeing a very short list of “sponsors” who are elected officials, could it be that Democrats now reject any group working against the popular Sanders and more progressive supporters?
Especially the Young Democrats’ which, according to the YD’s own website
, claims a Latino caucus but cannot find a “chair” to lead it even though New Jersey is 20 percent Latino and there are 1.8 million Latinos out of a state with 8.9 million people.
The release didn’t list the officials by district or town. When we researched it we found out that all but two are from heavily-Democratic (6 to 1 edge), heavily-Latino (43%) Hudson County.
YDA claims the sponsorship of the Hudson County executive (Thomas A. DeGise) and sheriff (Frank Schillari), a county freeholder (Anthony Vainieri) and two state legislators both from the 32nd state district (Senator Nick Sacco, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez).
Outside of Hudson County, YDA did not even claim support except from the Assemblyman Jamel Holley (20th District, Irvington) and the mayor, Colleen Mahr, of the small Union County town of Fanwood, population 7,700.
The YD release touted its work with “millennial recruitment trainings for large political organizations including the Democratic Organization of Richmond County in NY.” That sounds impressive, until you find out that Richmond County is Staten Island, the one borough of New York City won by Donald Trump last year (Trump got almost 60% of the vote) even though registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by 47,000.