An ex-gangster 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.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, headed by Hudson Valley area Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, tapped Dyjuan Tatro as a senior adviser for diversity and inclusion.
Tatro’s new position will only add to the criticism that Democrats go easy on criminals, say Republicans. “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.
Tatro appeared in the 2019 PBS documentary series “College Behind Bars,” which highlighted a number of inmates getting their degrees through New York state’s Bard Prison Initiative (BPI).
Through the program, Tatro obtained a bachelor’s degree while serving a six-year sentence for racketeering conspiracy in 2011. Tatro was already serving time for murdering two rival gang members in 2006.
Tatro, who was known as a “triggerman” for the Original Gangsta Killas street gang that had people living in fear in Albany, confessed to murdering two people and a “razor slashing” of one other in 2002.
He confessed to dealing drugs, earning $12,000 per month, and conspiring to traffic at least 50 grams of crack cocaine.
He left prison two years ago, and has since become an advocate for helping inmates through the BPI program.