Here is a key segment – the bold print at the end is mine:
In December 2015, there were 336 top Senate staffers (Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Directors, Communications Directors, and Staff Directors), but only 24 staffers of color–12 Asian Americans, 7 Latinos, 3 African Americans, and 2 Native Americans.
Currently, of the 39 Staff Directors of full Senate Committees (both Majority and Minority), none are Latino or African American.
This is a problem for both Democrats and Republicans. For example, although African Americans account for 22% of Democratic voters, they account for less than 1% of Democratic top staff. Of the 5 Black top staffers in the U.S. Senate, only one is a Democrat (the other four are Republicans). Democrats have:
- No African-American Chiefs of Staff
- No African-American Communications
- No African-American Staff Directors
- Only one African-American Legislative Director
Black people generally give over 90% of their votes to Democrats. And, based on these data, they have about as good a chance of Democrats giving them influential staff jobs as I have of being named head of the Palestinian Authority.
By contrast, Republicans, who are lucky to get near double figures of Black voters, have hired 80% of the Senate’s Black top staffers. If that is true now, how do you think they would do if Black voters gave them the time of day?
That’s worth thinking about.