A new adviser to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has strongly criticized the former vice president’s record on criminal justice issues in the past.
Biden’s campaign tapped Addisu Demissie and Lindsay Holst earlier in the week to lead the Democratic Party’s convention preparation. Demissie previously managed Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign, as well as Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s successful gubernatorial campaign.
Both advisers previously worked on former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, according to The New York Times. Demisse also worked on presidential campaigns for past Democratic nominees, including John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and has been active in California politics throughout the past decade. Demissie also founded 50+1 Strategies, according to the company’s website.
The veteran Democratic strategist’s past criticism of Biden centers around criminal justice reform for the most part, especially over Biden’s support for the 1994 crime bill.
“That’s the problem,” Demissie tweeted in 2019 about Biden’s decades-long record on criminal justice reform. more