The DLC originally planned to host a series of presidential debates in seven cities, including one in Des Moines. The DLC then cancelled the remaining debates to endorse Kelso with their “full support.” The decision was passed in November by a 9-3 vote and support from 5 state chapter leaders.
“We are still helping all candidates fight for a fair shot even through the endorsement,” DLC Vice Chair Nichole Dunham told Iowa Free Press.
DLC was founded on December 14, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia to promote “Progressive Libertarian principles to members and office holders in the Democratic Party and supports candidates that closely relate to those principles.”
Not satisfied with the direction of the Democratic Party, DLC members announced they are in the process of forming a “New Democratic Party.”
“The New Democratic Party will allow for this election to be fair and allow each candidate to run for the party nomination with an equal shot at being nominated and having a voice.”
DLC supporters are challenging the national leadership of the Democratic Party. The organization recently announced it support to unseat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from her position as Democratic National Committee Chair.
Members are citing Wasserman-Schultz’s “failed leadership” and her controversial connections to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, where she served as the co-Chair of Clinton’s campaign in 2008.
“We stand by calling on Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign,” the DLC announced in a public statement.