The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently made the decision to hire Dyjuan Tatro, a former “triggerman” for an Albany-based street gang called the Original Gangsta Killers.
You can’t make this up.
The Democrats Try to Be Gangsta
The DCCC, as its name implies, is a special committee dedicated to the task of electing Democrats to positions in Congress. The committee raises funds and helps set up and maintain political organization for Democratic congressional candidates at the ground level. In many cases, it even recruits the candidates who run for office themselves. As might be expected, it is especially active in districts where there are expected to be close races and where Democrats have a fighting chance to secure consequential victories.
Apparently, it also hires former gangbangers as well.
In an announcement delivered on Feb. 3, the DCCC said that it would hire Tatro to be its “Senior Advisor of Strategic Outreach for the DCCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Department.”
And what did this man do to deserve this undoubtedly cushy sinecure?
Well, as mentioned, he was a “triggerman” for the Original Gangsta Killers. That means he shot people under the direction of gang leaders. He was convicted and sent to prison for shooting two rival gang members in 2006 and spent a further six years in jail, starting in 2011 for being part of a racketeering conspiracy.
While in jail, Tatro further confessed to shooting and slashing another person with a razor in 2002 as well as to dealing drugs.
Dyjuan Tatro sounds like a lovely man.
Tatro’s Unhinged and Radical Views
All of this is amply bad. The DCCC has hired not only a criminal but one with an exceptionally violent history.
But redemption is possible, isn’t it? After all, Tatro appeared in a 2019 documentary called College Behind Bars in which he was shown working to earn a degree through the Bard Prison Initiative. Perhaps he has finally turned over a new leaf?
Sadly, the man’s publicly expressed political views and social media posts indicate that whatever his current relationship is to his violent past he has some absolutely insane political views.
At one point, he publicly defended looting as a legitimate form of protest — surely not a good look for a convicted criminal.
“I don’t understand why you can’t CONDEMN VIOLENT POLICE & acknowledge LOOTING as a VITAL form of social PROTEST,” he said in an Aug. 27, 2020, Twitter post.
Tatro has also written in threads on social media that he thought that both the Capitol Police and the protestors who were on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 are “white supremacists.”
Despite this, the DCCC defends its decision to hire him, saying that people like Tatro will be “critical assets, as well as leaders at the DCCC.”