What Does Real Leadership Look Like?


The past two weeks have been extraordinarily tough for our country, and with Hurricane Irma heading for Florida as we speak, we’ve got more tough days ahead.

In times like these, we need real leaders who bring people together.

Unfortunately, we lack that kind of leadership in Congress today. Let me give you an example: In the midst of hurricanes and crises for communities of color, Lamar Smith apparently found the time to write a hyper-partisan op-ed for Fox News, sharing such helpful insights as, “Democrats are like predators,” and that Republicans should think of journalists as the enemy.1

When elected officials think it’s more important to spend their time on petty divisiveness instead of disaster recovery and community justice, it’s time for a change.

Can you help me bring change to Washington with your financial contribution?

Derrick spent time volunteering at an Austin-area shelter after Hurricane Harvey.

Derrick spent time volunteering at an Austin-area shelter after Hurricane Harvey.

When I worked on Capitol Hill for the top Democrats on agriculture, counter-terrorism, and Democratic leadership, I saw what real leadership looked like. It looks like standing up for your neighbors. It looks like acting decisively in the face of crisis — and responding with appropriate resources. Real leadership brings people together in tough times to heal communities and build a better future.

That’s the kind of leadership I work to embody as we fight for change in this country. In tough times like these, we need elected officials who roll up their sleeves and go to work, not politicians who act like they’re in a flame war in Breitbart’s comments section. With your continued support, that’s the change we’ll bring to Washington, D.C. in 2018.

Take care of each other out there this weekend. We need each other now more than ever.

— DC

  1. “Rep. Lamar Smith: It’s time for the GOP to go on the offensive, ignore the liberal media, and speak directly to the American people.” http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/09/04/rep-lamar-smith-its-time-for-gop-to-go-on-offensive-ignore-liberal-media-and-speak-directly-to-american-people.html