Bernie Sanders may not be running for president anymore but he’s trying to keep his revolution going with a new political group. Unfortunately for Bernie, the revolution is falling apart before it can even get off the ground.
The Hill reports:
Staffers quit new Sanders group after campaign head joined
At least five people have left Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) new political group after Sanders brought in his campaign manager to lead it, Politico reported Tuesday.
Weaver, who ran Sanders’s presidential campaign that ended last month, was made president of the group Our Revolution, causing the exodus before the group officially launches.
Digital director Kenneth Pennington and four other team members departed over Weaver’s addition, Politico said.
“A majority of the staff quit as a result of Jeff joining,” one person told the news outlet, adding they had joined the group with a promise from Sanders that Weaver would not be involved.
“Over the last few days, almost the entire staff resigned from the organization because they would not work for Jeff Weaver or help to enact Jeff’s vision for the organization in any way,” one of the former staffers added Monday.
Weaver said late Monday that Our Revolution is merely experiencing the growing pains typical of any fresh enterprise.
“Kenneth chose to leave the organization. He’d worked on the campaign from the very beginning … he decided to do something else, I guess,” Weaver said.
“This is an organization that’s a couple of weeks old, and every new organization has to find its footing. The board asked me last week to come in and be the head. I’m very proud to do it. The board knew I shared Bernie’s vision and I’d be true to it.”
Jane Sanders, Bernie Sanders’s wife, chairs the board of Our Revolution and reportedly asked Weaver to join the group.
Pennington and the other departing staffers disagreed with Weaver’s vision on issues ranging from campaign finance regulations to fundraising strategy. A particular sticking point was Weaver’s push for traditional plus grassroots fundraising.
“It’s about both the fundraising and the spending: Jeff would like to take big money from rich people including billionaires and spend it on ads,” said Claire Sandberg, the digital organizing director for Sanders’s White House run.
The left always ends up eating its own.
History repeats itself again and again.