Dingell: 2020 Iowa caucuses a ‘disaster,’ wants new nominating process

    Caucus chair Rob Weiss, far right, commences a satellite caucus at the United Auto Workers Local 838 union hall in Waterloo Monday afternoon as an NBC News crew records the proceedings. | Patrick Kinney for Iowa Capital Dispatch

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) has been a longtime critic of the Democrats’ presidential nominating process. And the “disaster occurring in Iowa” with the caucuses this week has caused her to renew her call for reform.

    As of this story’s publication, the Iowa Democratic Party has only released 71% of the results from caucuses held on Monday* amidst mass confusion and technological snafus.

    Democrats’ Iowa caucus results delay raises questions, criticism

    Iowa has held the nation’s first presidential caucus since 1972, and is followed by the New Hampshire primary. Both states are small and skew disproportionately white, leading to steadily growing criticism of their outsized role in the presidential nominating process.

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell | Andrew Roth

    Dingell wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning, “I have one thing to say to everyone that knows me. I am back on this subject. The current nominating system is broken, does not reflect the diversity of this country, doesn’t give many states the opportunity for candidates to understand their issues.”

    She said she is “beginning the campaign, today, February 4, 2020 to change the Presidential nominating system.” The congresswoman said she would reach out to Republicans on the effort.

    Dingell added that she has “no candidate this year, yet alone 2024. She said this is in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit) “who pointed this out decades ago.”

    I have a lot of feelings this morning. First and foremost, I did not know the Ann Arbor City Council was going to do a…

    Posted by Debbie Dingell on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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