Former Staffer For Pete Buttigieg’s Campaign Is Now In Charge Of Voter Protection For Nevada Caucus
Nevada voters fear possible corruption ahead of February 22 Nevada caucus.
February 11, 2020 at 11:33 pm
Nevada voters are not pleased after finding out the Nevada Democratic Party's new voter protection director is a former Pete Buttigieg campaign staffer.
Emily Goldman, a former staffer of the Pete Buttigieg campaign in Iowa, was hired for a position within the Nevada Democratic Party, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The situation reminds Nevada voters of the disastrous Iowa caucus incident, where Buttigieg declared himself the winner amidst a chaotic and disorganized caucus leadership and a phone application with indirect and undisclosed associations with Buttigieg's campaign.
Several local Nevada outlets pointed out multiple screenshots of Goldman's LinkedIn account which stated she worked as an Iowa organizer for Mayor Pete Buttigieg until February.
Several Twitter users, most of whom appear to be presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters have accused the Democratic Party of corruption because Goldman was also hired as the party's voter protection director in January.
The Nevada Democratic Party just hired a paid Buttigieg organizer to be their “Voter Protection Director” pic.twitter.com/SNXmGttgpW— BERNIE BEATS TRUMP (@CANCEL_SAM) February 9, 2020
Emily just locked her Twitter account and scrubbed her employment history from LinkedIn.— BERNIE BEATS TRUMP (@CANCEL_SAM) February 9, 2020
For posterity: her position as Voter Protection Director still shows up with a Google search.
Feel free to check for yourself. pic.twitter.com/zJjtWNgIan
Nevada Democratic Party spokeswoman Molly Forgey said via the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Goldman was offered the role before the Iowa caucus took place. Forgey added that Goldman is not a senior staff member and will not be involved with Nevada’s caucuses, but she is working for the party.
“No staffer working at the Nevada Democratic State Party is affiliated with any campaign, and no one person has the ability to affect results,” she said. “We have many former campaign staffers and volunteers working to protect the integrity of this caucus, including people from [Sen. Kamala] Harris, Sanders and [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren’s campaign — it is not unusual or uncommon for this to happen.”
Goldman's past and present positions in the Democratic Party triggered a response from Sanders' campaign.
Appreciate the concerns here. We've spoken with the Nevada party, which has assured us that this individual does not have decision-making authority over the caucus count. Pls know we are working hard with the party to get every assurance that mistakes of Iowa are not repeated. https://t.co/7KvOcEmEPy— Faiz (@fshakir) February 10, 2020
"We've spoken with the Nevada party, which has assured us that this individual does not have decision-making authority over the caucus count. Pls know we are working hard with the party to get every assurance that mistakes of Iowa are not repeated," Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said.
The voter protection director roles involve analyzing data, engaging with volunteers and educating voters. The Nevada State Democratic Party also assures that no one could affect the results of the caucus, saying, "Everyone working at NV Dems now has the same job: executing the most transparent, accessible and expansive caucus in the country," KSNV reported.
Speaking on the Iowa caucus, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called for a recanvass. Also, the Nevada Democrats will not be using an app similar to the one used in Iowa. Still, there are reports that volunteers will be equipped with an application that is running on mobile devices, KSNV reported.