Former Gang Member Tapped for Democratic Campaign Committee Post

Dyjuan Tatro leans his head forward and smiles sinisterly

A former gang member from Albany, New York, who confessed to killing two rivals and making $12,000 a month selling narcotics, has been hired for a top leadership post by the Democrats’ House campaign committee, the New York Post reported.

Dyjuan Tatro, identified as a “triggerman” for the Original Gangsta Killas (OGK) street gang, has been added by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a senior adviser for diversity and inclusion, per the Post.

Tatro was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his drug dealing admission in a racketeering case in 2011, when he was serving time for killing the rival gang members in 2006.

During his time in prison, Tatro appeared in a 2019 PBS documentary series “College Behind Bars.” He earned a bachelor’s degree during his six-year racketeering sentence.

After being released in 2017, Tatro became an advocate for expanding New York state’s Bard Prison Initiative, through which he received his college degree.

Tatro worked on the campaigns of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., who heads the DCCC.

“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,” New York state Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy told the Post.

“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.”

The DCCC defended the decision.

“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.


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