REAL ESTATES, DELAWARES, UNITED STATES (Reuters) – The head of a real estate consulting firm that has been embroiled in a bitter battle with the Democratic Party has announced she will resign, saying the company is “not aligned” with the party and that it is “under attack”.
Jennifer Raskin, who has represented some of the country’s biggest real estate players, including the National Association of Realtors, said she was leaving the firm because it is now aligned with the Democrats and that she was “not able to defend the firm’s position” and “totally failed in representing our clients”.
Raskin has been at the centre of a bitter dispute between her company and Democratic Party officials over how to handle a growing influx of new arrivals from the United States.
The firm, which has offices in Delaware and Pennsylvania, has been accused of misleading the public by misrepresenting the level of job creation it saw in recent years, according to a letter Raskins sent to the party’s leadership in January.
“We’ve been under attack for more than a year now,” Raskis said in a statement.
“This is unacceptable and we’ve seen the damage caused by this attack, and we know it’s not going away.
We cannot defend our firm’s positions and remain the best real estate investment consultants in the country.”
Raskins had been expected to step down on Friday after being named a co-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
The party, which Raski founded, said it was reviewing her nomination and would make an announcement in due course.
She is expected to be replaced by a Republican, according of the party.
Raskis also represents a large number of Democrats, including a number of the state’s congressional representatives, in state legislatures across the country.
In her resignation letter, Raskides said she had not received a response to her letter, but said she felt the company was “in the wrong” for continuing to represent some of Delaware’s biggest and most successful real estate companies.
“The DNC has been attacking our firm for more years than I can remember and we have never supported their policies and positions, despite being a Democrat and representing the companies that make up our state,” she wrote.
“They are in the wrong.
They have been wrong about our clients, our industry, our communities and our families, and I’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve lied about our positions.”
Rasslin, whose firm also represents the nation’s largest private security firm, hired Raskias as its president in 2009 and has remained involved in her firm.
Raskia has said Raskas departure was driven by a desire to concentrate on her own personal finances.
In a statement on Monday, Rasslin said Rasslins resignation was a result of a conflict of interest arising from her past work in government.
“This conflict of interests was not the result of my political beliefs or my political career, but rather a consequence of my work as an elected official, representing our customers and communities,” Rassins said.
“I want to apologize to the constituents of Delaware and to the Democratic party for this conduct, which I know I have let down.”
Rasins’ firm was sued in Delaware last year over a plan by Republican legislators to force the state to pay more than $2 billion in unpaid property taxes.
The plan was halted by a judge who ruled that it violated the state constitution.
In March, the company’s owner, Donaldson Enterprises, filed for bankruptcy.
The company, which includes several real estate and consulting firms in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany, has faced criticism for some of its practices, including billing clients for rental properties that were in fact not leased.
In its letter to Raskinis, the Democratic leader’s office said the firm had hired Rassis in 2016 and the two worked together for five years.
“Raskias served as an adviser to the Delaware Democratic Party from 2014 to 2018 and has served as a member of the board of directors of the Delaware Association of Real Estate Investors and the Delaware Real Estate Investment Trust Board,” the statement said.
Rassins, a former executive at a law firm, is a former president of the Republican Governors Association.
She has not been accused by the Democratic group of any wrongdoing, but the allegations prompted Republican lawmakers to launch a campaign to strip her of her seat on the Democratic Governors Association’s board of governors.
Raslin, who was elected to the state Senate in 2014, is the second woman to face allegations of misconduct at a real-estate firm.
In November, former Delaware House Speaker John A. Wisniewski was found to have violated ethics rules by using his position as a board member to benefit himself and his wife.
The investigation into the ethics complaints began in late 2017 after the Democratic Governor’s Association launched a probe into Rask