The campaign arm of the House Democrats has hired an ex gang member, who shot two people, to a top leadership position.
It would stand to reason that a Party that advocates for defunding the police would take such a step but this is extreme even for them.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is headed by New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, hired former gangster Dyjuan Tatro to be its senior adviser for diversity and inclusion, The New York Post reported.
Tatro used to be a member of a gang named the Original Gangsta Killas in Albany. He was already serving a sentence for shooting two people in 2006 when he was given an additional six-year sentence in federal prison in 2011 after he confessed to being a drug deal who conspired to traffic crack cocaine. The ex-gangster also confessed to slashing someone’s face with a razor in 2002.
Tatro confessed to making around $12,000 per month in the criminal enterprise.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in the New York State Bard Prison Initiative and was feature din a PBS documentary named “College Behind Bars.”
“It’s certainly on-brand for criminal-coddling Democrats, but the rest of America will find it disturbing that a murderous gang member is holding a prominent position with the DCCC,” New York state Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
“Second chances are one thing, but I would have to question Congressman Maloney’s judgment to put someone with such a violent past at the top of their organization,” he said.
But the DCCC defended their decision to give the former gangster such a high profile position.
“Dyjuan is a formerly incarcerated person who has worked hard to change the trajectory of his life through education and service to his community,” a spokesman for the DCCC said.
“He has served his time for the crimes he committed and is now a national leader in the bipartisan movement to reform our criminal justice system and bring meaningful improvements to the education system in American prisons. Such critical work breaks cycles of recidivism by making sure more people leave prison with the skills to hold down a job and contribute to their communities,” he said.
And the former gang member also made a statement of his own after being hired.
“This past election cycle has emphasized how electoral politics affects the daily lives of each and every American as well as the centrality of the African American vote to winning elections. I am honored to be joining the DCCC to work on a number of issues at the nexus of politics, diversity, and equity & inclusion,” he said.
“I want to thank Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney for his commitment to assembling talented & diverse DCCC teams,” he said.