Florida field organizers accuse Biden campaign of ‘suppressing the Hispanic vote’

Ninety-four field organizers for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden have come forward with accusations that the Biden campaign is “suppressing the Hispanic vote” — among other allegations — in a scathing letter to Democrat party leadership. 

Despite the Biden team’s best efforts to keep the 78-year-old candidate out of the public eye as much as possible ahead of the November election, controversy has still managed to find Biden.

Strong accusations

The Miami Herald reported that the seven-page letter “contains eight allegations from field organizers about what they say is a lack of a “fully actionable field plan” from the Biden campaign as it transitions into the Florida party to coordinate voter outreach efforts.”

Concerns brought by the coalition of field organizers included allegations of dismissiveness of staff concerns, a shortage of campaign resources, and moving Puerto Rican organizers who speak Spanish to areas of the state with fewer Hispanics.

“The [Coordinated Campaign of Florida] is suppressing the Hispanic vote by removing Spanish-speaking organizers from Central Florida without explanation, which fails to confront a system of white-dominated politics we are supposed to be working against as organizers of a progressive party,” writers of the letter said.

“We are roughly 100 days out from the election, and there is no functional targeted field outreach and organizing of the Hispanic/Spanish-speaking, Brazilian/Portuguese-speaking, and Haitian/Creole-speaking communities in our state,” the letter continues. “There are no targets, scripts, data infrastructure, community outreach, or phonebanks established for this.”

The Miami Herald spoke with the field organizers on the condition of anonymity due to fears of retaliation by the Biden campaign. One anonymous organizer told the paper that “a lot of the field organizers are young and with that comes different views of workplace norms, the kind of culture that we want to establish.”

“The way you treat your lowest ranked employees says a lot about you as an organization,” they continued, “especially in electoral work, when organizers are the ones on the front lines, they ones you’re asking to make 400 calls a day, the ones you’re asking to make real connections with voters on the ground.”

Call to respond

The snubbed field organizers are requesting that the Biden campaign “Apologize for treatment of field staff, commit to restoring organizers back to their original locations, give adequate notice of planned events and job openings, resume previous organizing activities that have been halted, and provide more support to county chairs.”

Biden campaign leadership has denied the claims of turmoil within Florida, telling the Herald that “no staff are asked to move or relocate, either from out of state or within states,” and that they are meeting with IBEW Local 824 — the field organizer union — on “many of the issues.”

Though mainstream polls indicate that Biden will sweep the November election, some pollsters and Democrat strategists have warned that the Biden campaign could be falling into the same complacent trap that Hillary Clinton fell into in 2016.

RealClearPolitics currently has Biden at 50.5% in Florida, with Trump taking 42.7% of the vote, but according to Biden’s own field staffers, the campaign is not making efforts to clinch the Hispanic vote.

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