“Gentlemen, let’s put our d—s on the table.” That’s what former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile recalled telling senior mostly male members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team in a tense how conference call during last year’s presidential campaign.
Brazile not only describes the encounter in her new book, “Hacks,” but she also made it the title of one of her chapters.
“Gentlemen, let’s just put our d—s out on the table and see who’s got the bigger one, because I know mine is bigger than all of yours,” Brazile said she told Clinton staffers.
Brazile’s insidery book, which hits stores on Tuesday, has rocked the media and political world since she first revealed news of a secret deal between the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
While news of the arrangement was reported on at the time, revelations about the depth and extent of cooperation opened old wounds and revived allegations that Clinton had stolen the nomination from grassroots favorite Bernie Sanders.
The agreement-signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias-specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.
In subsequent reveals Brazile also teased that she considered replacing Clinton as the Democratic nominee after her September 11 fainting spell even though many pointed out later that as DNC chair she would not have had the unilateral authority to do that.