June 15, 2024

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Brazile Slams Former McCaskill Aide, Star Silent

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The Star might want to talk with its headline editor. 36 hours after posting, Donna is still “Bazile.”

The Kansas City Star has little interest in talking about the damning revelations of DNC Chair Donna Brazile and apparently no interest at all in discussing her slam of former Claire McCaskill political director, Brandon Davis, a man the St. Louis American once described as “the brother behind Claire.”

“I wanted to make sure we have African Americans in the top level of the management of the office. Director of compliance and political director are two very key positions in the campaign, and both are held by African Americans,” McCaskill boasted at the time.

Donna Brazile, who is also African American, has understandably less interest in patronizing African Americans than does McCaskill.

In her forthcoming memoir, Hacks, Brazile writes with what the Washington Post calls “particular disdain” for Davis. In the book, she describes him as a spy, writing that he treated her like “a crazy, senile old auntie and couldn’t wait to tell all his friends the nutty things she said.”

In staff meetings, Brazile writes, “Brandon often rolled his eyes as if I was the stupidest woman he’d ever had to endure on his climb to the top. He openly scoffed at me, snorting sometimes when I made an observation.”

The Sentinel learned about the Davis slap-down through Tony’s Kansas City. The Star has not seen fit to mention it.

The Star instead was running cover for its party with counter-intuitive headlines like “Bazile said she found no evidence that Democratic primaries were rigged.” That is not a misprint on this end. More than 36 hours after the headline was posted, the Star seems content to let Donna’s name remain “Bazile.”

As the Post reports, however, Brazile saw the whole process as rigged. “Brazile also details how Clinton effectively took control of the DNC in August 2015, before the primaries began, with a joint fundraising agreement between the party and the Clinton campaign,” writes the Post’s Philip Rucker.

“She said the deal gave Clinton control over the DNC’s finances, strategy and staff decisions — disadvantaging other candidates, including Sanders,” adds Rucker.

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