U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries published a three-page letter Sunday detailing why he should be elected Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy & Communications Committee (DPCC) during congressional leadership elections Wednesday.
According to its website, the House DPCC “is tasked with developing a Caucus-wide message that forcefully communicates where House Democrats stand, that resonates with hardworking Americans, and that presents a sharp contrast to House Republicans’ special interest-first agenda.”
If elected, Jeffries will find himself at the DPCC at a crucial moment, with Democrats an exclusively oppositional party after the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton to President-elect Donald Trump.
“Instead of preparing to work on a progressive agenda with a friendly administration, we are tasked with the responsibility of defending our values and the progress that has been made during the last eight years in the face of a hostile presidential and congressional takeover,” Jeffries wrote.
In response, Jeffries preposed a three-point agenda:
1) Understanding the current political landscape;
2) Undertaking substantial public engagement;
3) Developing a clear and compelling message.
The last point is perhaps the most interesting, with Jeffries, like Brooklyn President Eric Adams last week, blaming overly complex messaging for the 2016 failure. Jeffries wrote that “in order to connect with and capture the imagination of the American people, our policy ideas are best communicated in ‘headlines’ and not in ‘fine print’ – as illustrated by the most recent presidential election.”
Jeffries has already served on the Judiciary Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Education and the Workforce Committee. He is also the whip of the Congressional Black Congress.