Leah Daughtry
 

2022

Leah Daughtry
 

2022

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Dems to Biden: Move fast on SCOTUS; a tragedy could ensue

“This is an example of something that is totally within the president’s control. Who gets nominated,” said Leah Daughtry, a longtime Democratic official and former CEO of two DNC conventions. “It's a political moment for the people in the base to say here's a man who kept his promise to us, and so we can count on him keeping his word for the rest of his promises.” Daughtry said she grew “a little emotional” watching Biden’s remarks on Thursday announcing Breyer’s retirement. “It's almost like a Barack Obama moment for me, as a Black woman, to contemplate that there will be a black woman on the court,” said Daughtry.

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Leah Daughtry
 

2022

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One year in, Biden’s presidency is on life support

Former Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Leah Daughtry questioned whether Biden will "be a hero" or "just somebody else we've got to fight." "If the folks we have elected to office to carry the banner of the Democratic Party are unable to press the basic principles of the party, then I think they've got to reconsider what their role is," she suggested. "You've got a community of people, a nation of people, who are watching to see, particularly in these perilous times, who is fighting for us?"

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Leah Daughtry
 

2022

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Senate begins debate on voting rights legislation

“Much has been made about Sen. Manchin and Sen. Sinema,” said the Rev. Leah Daughtry, former chief executive of the Democratic National Committee and campaign manager of the Fighting for Our Vote coalition. “Are they the only two that are opposing? We need to know. So this is the time for Democratic senators and Republican senators to go to the floor and make their positions known. The American people deserve to know.”- Rev. Leah Daughtry

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Leah Daughtry
 

2022

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Black Voters Matter Slams Biden’s Voting Rights Speech as ‘Prop’: ‘What We Need is Work’

Rev. Leah Daughtry, the campaign manager of Fighting for Our Vote, told Newsweek that she understands the activists' disappointment. "We're all frustrated with the fact that 50 senators are not even willing to have a debate on the issue," Daughtry said. "We all share the frustrations of wanting to see progress. You know, from my vantage point, the president is doing what he can do which is use the bully pulpit. He does not have a vote in the Senate, so he has the power of persuasion, the power of leaning on his colleagues—both he and the vice president—and that is what they have been doing. Whether it's in the public or not, that is what they've been doing is pushing the levers that they can push and today is just the next level of that." Daughtry will be attending Biden's speech in Atlanta and said she expects "a very forceful argument for why the Senate needs to change its rules in order to allow voting rights to be considered separate and apart from the filibuster."

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Leah Daughtry
 

2022

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Biden is expected to back changing the filibuster to pass voting rights bills

"I think all of us want to see the White House do as much as they can. Pull every stop, press every lever to get this done," said the Rev. Leah Daughtry, a veteran Democratic strategist who will attend the speech in Atlanta. "Because without us all being able to have our votes counted and our votes honored, then nothing else in our democracy matters. And what we saw on Jan. 6 of 2021 is just the tip of the iceberg."

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Leah Daughtry
 

2022

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Biden And Harris Issued A Dire Warning: Democracy Is In Danger And Political Violence Is A Threat One Year After The Jan. 6 Attack

Daughtry, by contrast, said she thought Biden has been forceful already in pushing for the bills. "I want to see him continue to double down with his colleagues, his former colleagues in the Senate, to put the full resources of the administration to work in ensuring that we can pass voting rights legislation," she said. “The buck stops with the United States Senate, and they've got to do their jobs to preserve democracy,” Daughtry said. “It is not the president's job alone.”

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