By Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times | March 10, 2021
This gives this country’s largest Marxist party (90,000 members) access to key Democratic Party decision-makers, sensitive party documents, and key donor lists. It will also energize the far left in a key “swing state.”
Despite its protests to the contrary, the DSA is a communist organization. The organization is formally aligned with Communist Party USA, Liberation Road, and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism—all of which work closely with the Chinese Communist Party against the interests of the United States.
- Chair candidate Judith Whitmer—chair of the Clark County Democratic Party, a former co-chair and co-founder of the “Left Caucus.”
- First vice chair candidate Jacob Allen—a DSA comrade from Washoe County who served as Bernie Sanders’s 2020 Northern Nevada political associate.
- Second vice chair candidate Dr. Zaffar Iqbal—a physician who served as a Bernie 2020 NV co-chair, and founded both Muslims for Bernie and the Muslim Democratic Club.
- Secretary candidate Ahmad Ade—a “proud Black Muslim” and a lifelong community organizer. Formerly affiliated with the Black Panther Party in Chicago.
- Treasurer candidate Howard Beckerman—a Carson City-based DSA comrade.
Late in the day, moderate Democrats organized a counterslate to stand against the “Progressive Slate.”
Longtime Democratic functionary Tick Segerblom was encouraged by party moderates to stand for the chairmanship against Whitmer. Ironically, Segerblom, too, is a DSA comrade—albeit one with deeper Democratic Party roots than his opponent.
In a March 6 Facebook post, the Las Vegas DSA boasted:
“And no matter who wins today, the next chair of NV Dems will be a DSA member, and we will continue to push the party to truly represent working people.”
Whitmer beat Segerblom by a comfortable 248 votes to 216.
When the dust had settled, the DSA/Progressive Slate had won all five positions.
The DSA’s takeover of the Nevada Democratic Party took a couple of years to achieve. The DSA has had several hundred members in the Las Vegas area since 2017. A smaller Northern Nevada local was founded in Reno in late 2018. There are many at-large members active around the state, and a couple of student chapters.
Total active DSA membership in Nevada would likely be around 500 comrades, yet they have been able to capture the reins of the most powerful political party in the state.
According to Sam Mellins of The Daily Poster:
“Now DSA members and other progressive organizers are using the organizing tactics and power they built during the Bernie 2020 campaign to try to reshape the Nevada Democratic party into a progressive force.”
In July 2020, “progressives” captured nine of 14 contested seats when the Nevada State Democratic Party elected members to at-large positions on the state party’s executive board.