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Jess O'Connell DNC Chief Exec Doesn't Last a Year

Jess O'Connell DNC Chief Exec Doesn't Last a Year

Democratic National Committee CEO Jess O'Connell speaks during a news conference, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Phoenix. (Matt York/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:59 AM

Jess O'Connell, the Democratic National Committee chief executive did not last a year on the job, resigning Monday with some Democratic officials indicating that she clashed over authority with committee chairman Thomas E. Perez, The New York Times reported.

O'Connell, though, did not name a reason in an email message to party staffers announcing her resignation, the newspaper said. The former top officer with Emily's List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice Democratic female candidates running for office, said in the email that she was "proud to have helped rebuild" the committee.

"I'm proud to have helped to rebuild our party at a time when we needed it most," O'Connell, who started the job in May, said in the email, according to Politico. "I am grateful to chairman Tom Perez for the opportunity to serve during such a pivotal moment in our history as we fight with everything we've got to protect and promote Democratic values and to elect more Democrats nationwide."

Politico wrote that Perez sent a follow-up email praising O'Connell for her work. Perez spoke of Democratic wins for the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia and winning a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.

"We've come a long way in what's honestly been a very short amount of time," Perez wrote, according to Politico. "When Jess walked in the door, the Democratic Party was broken. Each of these accomplishments is due in large part to Jess’s tireless attention to detail, the decades of experience she brought to each situation and her ability to keep distractions at bay."

The DNC struggled when it was relegated to secondary importance during Barack Obama's presidency, then it was rocked by the Russian hacking scandal and accusations and it favored Hillary Clinton over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential primary, Politico said.

The HuffPost noted that O'Connell's resignation comes two months after the DNC got rid of its financial director Emily Mellencamp Smith. The website said the departures and others shakeups "feed perceptions of party unsteadiness," in the DNC.

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