President Joe Biden may have alienated unions with his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, but congressional Democrats have a new strategy to retain Big Labor’s greatest political asset—its Mafia ties—by hiring mobsters directly.
With the new influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border, the most diverse administration in history may have an endless supply of gang members to add to the politically correct employment pool.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, led by new chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY, recently tapped Dyjuan Tatro, a convicted felon who confessed to shooting two rival gang members, as its senior adviser for diversity and inclusion, the New York Post reported.
Tatro was described as the “triggerman” for the Original Gangsta Killas street gang, which also participated in the “razor slashing” of another victim.
He also “admitted to making at least $12,000 a month dealing drugs and conspired to traffic more than 50 grams of crack cocaine,” the Post reported.
In fairness, Tatro’s efforts to rise above his circumstances—much like those touted by former president Donald Trump as part of his criminal justice reforms—are well documented.
Tatro was featured on the 2019 PBS documentary “College Behind Bars” and obtained his bachelor’s degree while serving a six-year sentence for racketeering conspiracy.
He also participated in a three-person prison debate team that garnered headlines by defeating the Harvard team.
Nevertheless, the move may not have been a good look for the Left amid concerns that its own prison reform agenda may be a bridge too far.
Vice President Kamala Harris advocated for the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which bailed out violent and dangerous offenders during last year’s protracted race riots.
Squad members such as Rep. Ayanna Pressley also have called for even more criminal rights, and many George Soros-funded district attorneys have refused to prosecute serious offenses—unless, of course, they are committed by conservative Trump supporters.
“It’s certainly on-brand for criminal-coddling Democrats, but the rest of America will find it disturbing that a murderous gang member is holding a prominent position with the DCCC,” said New York state Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy.
“Second chances are one thing, but I would have to question Congressman Maloney’s judgment to put someone with such a violent past at the top of their organization,” he added.
Democrats shrugged off the criticism, emphasizing that Tatro had paid his dues.
“Dyjuan is a formerly incarcerated person who has worked hard to change the trajectory of his life through education and service to his community,” a DCCC spokesman said. “He has served his time for the crimes he committed and is now a national leader in the bipartisan movement to reform our criminal justice system and bring meaningful improvements to the education system in American prisons.”
In fact, hiring him for an influential position in politics might help prevent him from committing more violent crimes in the future, said the spokesman.
“Such critical work breaks cycles of recidivism by making sure more people leave prison with the skills to hold down a job and contribute to their communities,” he said.
Tatro, for his part, wasn’t shy about saying his top priority was finding ways of tapping into the prison population as potential voters to further expand Democrats’ base of power.
“This past election cycle has emphasized how electoral politics affects the daily lives of each and every American as well as the centrality of the African American vote to winning elections,” he said. “I am honored to be joining the DCCC to work on a number of issues at the nexus of politics, diversity, and equity & inclusion.”