Although the slate of Democratic candidates for president is the most diverse its ever been, the people of color in the race are still struggling. On the other hand, the white candidates, even when they are polling at zero percent with Black voters, are portrayed as front-runners. Therefore, it was unfortunate to hear that billionaire
The Post and Courier reported that a Steyerstaffer is “accused” of stealing voter data the obtained the information by accessing an account when he worked at the South Carolina Democratic Party that gave him “access to other presidential data.”
“We take this matter very seriously, and that is why we immediately worked with the DNC to disable this employee’s access to Vote Builder,” South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson said in a Friday statement. “It is critical that the Steyer campaign take immediate action regarding their employee.”
Sims was put on leave and the Steyer campaign apologized.
“Within minutes of realizing this, Sims called the South Carolina Democratic Party to alert them, and the access was turned off by the party authorities,” Heather Hargreaves, Steyer’s campaign manager, said in a statement.
The Steyer campaign has refused to admit to doing anything wrong.
There have been calls for Steyer to resign. Popular Twitter personality @BlackWomenViews wrote, “Oh hell naw!!! I will be addressing this as soon as I get home via video because this is some straight up BS! #TomSteyer needs to drop out!”
Washington Post writer Holly O’Reilly slammed Steyer:
“Tom Steyer has all the money in the world. Stealing from a black woman–a black former PROSECUTOR, at that–is such a bad move on so many levels.”
Others saw a similarity to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in 2016, journalist Victoria Brownworth reminded folks, “Sanders’ campaign did this to Hillary in Dec 2015–similar timing–and the DNC did nothing about it. So likely Steyer will also avoid punishment.”
Clearly, politics is a dirty game. Nonetheless, Harris is still in the fight.
Last week, it was reported by The Washington Post that Harris “laid off more than a dozen field organizers and shuttered three of its four offices” in New Hampshire.
“Sen. Harris and this team set out with one goal — to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020/ To do so, the campaign has made a strategic decision to realign resources to go all-in on Iowa, resulting in office closures and staff realignments and reductions in New Hampshire,” Harris’ campaign spokesman Nate Evan said at the time.
Harris has struggled in the polls. According to a USA Today poll, she is polling at 3 percent as of Tuesday. But don’t count her out just yet. The South Carolina primary isn’t until Feb. 29, 2020.