“This was not premature,” said Vela who serves on the board of directors of TransparentBusiness. “When you see a precipitous drop the way she did and never get a bounce back up, the writing is on the wall.” It’s admirable that she’s dropping out now, he said, “instead of taking more money from donors. This is the responsible thing to do.”

Vela, the first Hispanic and gay American to service twice in a senior executive role in the White House, said he doesn’t see a problem with the democratic field, once the most diverse in the party’s history, winnowing to a race consisting of mostly white men. “Diversity is not at the forefront of the average voter’s mind,” he said. “People are looking for civility and predictability, they want stability. The color of skin or who you love or age isn’t factoring in to that too much.”


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