The self-described Big Tent party has a diversity issue.
Democrats pride themselves above all else on their inclusivity. But this year in Michigan, the party is having trouble checking all the boxes.
Their candidate for governor is a white male, as is their candidate for the U.S. Senate. Their candidate for lieutenant governor is a white woman. That leaves two spots on the statewide ticket for the requisite African-American, but so far, the pickings are slim.
Democrats had hoped to have their ticket solidified by last night’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Cobo Center, which featured former President Bill Clinton as the keynote, and are starting to do what Democrats do best — snipe at each other.
“There are a lot of angry people in the party,” one Democratic official told me. “We’re not as organized as we need to be, and this is a reflection of that…”