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A Party Divided: Perez Limps Into DNC Chairmanship

- February 25, 2017

AN IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS, PARTY ACTIVISTS, AND UNION OFFICIALS DID NOT THINK TOM PEREZ WAS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez Was Elected DNC Chair. "BREAKING: the next DNC Chair is @TomPerez." (Ryan Nobles, Twitter Feed , 2/25/17)

In The Proxy War Between Liberals And The Establishment For DNC Chair, Some Liberals Opposed, Not Just Tom Perez's Candidacy, But Saw A Perez Chairmanship As A Major Problem

The DNC Chair Race Turned Into A Proxy War For What The Party Is Supposed To Stand For. "Democratic leaders are pushing hard to get the chair race settled on the first ballot, bringing an end to the four-month long proxy war for what the party's supposed to stand for." (Edward-Issac Dovere, Gabriel Debenedetti, and Daniel Strauss, "Democrats Hope For Quick End To DNC Chair Fight, Politico , 2/25/17)

  • The Proxy War Has, In Part, Been Fought Between Sanders Allies And Allies Of Obama And Clinton. "The election in part has been a proxy war between Sen. Bernie Sanders' allies and those more closely aligned with Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama." (Eric Bradner, "Democratic Party Set To Choose Its New Chair," CNN , 2/25/17)

Jeff Weaver Called Tom Perez The "Candidate Of The Insider," And That His Victory Would "Send A Horrible Message To Millions Of People." "Jeff Weaver says if @TomPerez ('candidate of the insider') wins DNC race, it'll 'send a horrible message to millions & millions of people.'" (Ruby Cramer, Twitter Feed , 1/24/17)

  • Jeff Weaver Is A Longtime Bernie Sanders Aide And Was His 2016 Campaign Manager. "Jeff Weaver is Sanders' campaign manager. He served as the senator's campaign manager during his successful Senate run in 2006 and served as chief of staff in Sanders' House and Senate offices. He first began working for Sanders as a 20-year-old on his 1986 gubernatorial campaign." (Jonathan Topaz and Katie Glueck, "The Power Player Behind Bernie Sander's Campaign," Politico , 5/26/15)

Jane Flemming Keeb, The Chair Of The Nebraska Democrats, Said That If Tom Perez Wins "I Think It's Going To Be A Major Problem." ".@janekleeb chair of the Nebraska dems tells @TheYoungTurks if Tom Perez wins "I think it's gonna be a major problem." #DNCChair #DemExit" (Beatrice-Elizabeth, Twitter Feed , 2/25/17)

Observer Columnist Michael Sainato: "Perez Backs The Same Failed Strategies That Have Run The Democratic Party Into The Ground Over The Last Decade." "The DNC chair race is the Democratic Party's last opportunity to make a unifying concession to progressives, who were cheated and disenfranchised during the Democratic primaries by former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Wasserman Schultz resigned in embarrassment after Wikileaks released emails confirming she violated Section 5 Article 4 of the DNC Charter to help Clinton. However, the Democratic Party has yet to acknowledge the damage they caused by anointing Clinton as their presidential nominee... Perez backs the same failed strategies that have run the Democratic Party into the ground over the last decade." (Michael Sainato, "There's No Saving The Democratic Party If Tom Perez Wins DNC Chair," Observer , 2/16/17)

Elected Officials That Didn't Want Tom Perez

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, has thrown his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee." (John Wagner and Mike Debonis, "Schumer Throws His Support Behind Keith Ellison For DNC Chairman," The Washington Post , 11/11/16)

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "'My friend Keith Ellison is a terrific leader and a strong progressive who knows how to get things done,' Reid said in a statement provided to The Huffington Post. 'Now is the time for new thinking and a fresh start at the DNC. Now is the time for Keith.'" (Zach Carter, "Harry Reid Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," The Huffington Post , 11/13/16)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "I admire Keith's values, his grit, and his dedication to making this country work not just for some of our kids but for all of them. I'm proud to support his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee." (Press Release, "Elizabeth Warren Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Keith For DNC , 11/16/16)

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "You cannot be a party which on one hand says we're in favor of working people, we're in favor of the needs of young people but we don't quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You've got to decide which side you're on. That's why Bernie Sanders supports Rep. Keith Ellison to be the next Chair of the DNC." ("Join Bernie Sanders And Support Keith Ellison For DNC Chair, Sen. Bernie Sanders , Accessed 2/24/17)

Former DNC Chair Howard Dean Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Howard Dean endorses Ellison" (Domenico Montanaro, Twitter Feed , 2/25/17)

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "It's important for progressives to speak truth to power and join together to take on the corporate lobbyists and Wall Street interests that are now calling the shots in Washington to make a rigged system work for them. Too many Americans are being left behind and we need to change that by building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That's why I'm endorsing Keith Ellison to be Chairman of the Democratic National Committee." ("I'm Endorsing Keith Ellison For DNC Chairman," Sen. Tammy Baldwin , Accessed 2/24/17)

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "I am proud to support my dear friend and Detroit native, Keith Ellison, for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. For the last several years, he's been leading the Congressional Progressive Caucus here in the House where he has remained true to the progressive values which are at the core of this great nation. He is a visionary, a fighter, and he is needed now more than ever as we approach the next four years with Republicans controlling every branch of government." (Press Release, "John Conyers Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Keith For DNC , 11/16/16)

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "'He is the right person for the job. He will work as hard as possible to bring our party back from coast to coast,' Lewis said." (Olivia Beavers, "Rep. John Lewis: Ellison Is 'Right Person' To Lead DNC," The Hill , 2/21/17)

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Electing new leaders such as Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the reins as party chairman would let the American people know what we stand for. Now is not the time for incremental steps or half-measures. The American people spoke last week, and the resounding message to the Democratic Party was that the people want bold change." (Press Release, "Rep. Grijalva: Realign The Democratic Party," Keith For DNC , 11/15/16)

Former Vice President Walter Mondale Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Keith is exactly the type of person our party needs right now, and I know he'd use his talents to elect Democrats across our country if he's the next DNC Chair." (Press Release, "Vice President Walter Mondale Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Keith For DNC , 2/3/17)

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom And Three Other Members Of The California Congressional Delegation Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Earlier this week, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton sided with the Minnesota Democrat over former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, joining a list that includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Reps. Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters, ex-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and labor icon Dolores Huerta." (Christopher Cadelago, "Keith Ellison, In DNC Chair Race, Gathering Support From Californians," The Sacramento Bee , 2/9/17)

At Least 11 Other Members Of Congress Have Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Additional Endorsements: Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA), Congressman Ro Khanna (CA), Congressman Jared Huffman (CA), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA), Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA), Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD), Congressman Andre Carson (IN), Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX), Congressman Al Green (TX), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI)." (Press Release, "Keith Ellison Rolls Out 35 Additional Endorsements And Statements Of Support," Keith For DNC , 11/18/16)

Party Officials That Didn't Want Tom Perez

Keith Ellison Had More Support From State Party Chairs And Vice Chairs Than Any Other DNC Chair Candidate. "Keith Ellison has more support from state party chairs and vice chairs than any other DNC Chair candidate. That ought to mean something" (Robert Cruickshank, Twitter Feed , 2/25/17)

New Hampshire Democratic State Party Chair Ray Buckley Endorsed Keith Ellison. "'From the moment I stepped into this race, I made it clear that the top two priorities of the next DNC chair must be to strengthen state parties and reform the DNC,' New Hampshire Democratic State Party Chair Ray Buckley said in a press statement announcing his endorsement of Ellison. 'Now, many candidates have spoken about these issues, but Keith's commitment to the states and a transparent and accountable DNC has stood out. He knows elections are not won and lost in the beltway, but on the ground across the country.'" (Darien Cavanaugh, "Keith Ellison Racks Up Major Endorsements In Final Week Before DNC Vote," Inquisitr , 2/19/17)

Vice Chair Of The New York Democratic Party Christine Quinn Endorsed Keith Ellison. "While we have many strong candidates seeking the position, I can't think of anyone better to lead the Democratic National Committee at this time than Keith Ellison." (Press Release, "New York Democratic Party Vice Chair Christine Quinn Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Keith For DNC , 2/16/17)

California Democratic State Party Chair John Burton Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Earlier this week, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton sided with the Minnesota Democrat over former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, joining a list that includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Reps. Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters, ex-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and labor icon Dolores Huerta." (Christopher Cadelago, "Keith Ellison, In DNC Chair Race, Gathering Support From Californians," The Sacramento Bee , 2/9/17)

State Party Chairs And Vice Chairs From Numerous States Other States, Including Oklahoma, Maryland, Alaska Indiana, South Dakota Have Endorsed Keith Ellison. "New public state party chair and vice chair endorsements include: Jim Larson (Montana State Party Chair, Mark Hammons (Oklahoma State Party Chair), Victoria Jackson-Stanley (Maryland State Party Vice Chair; Mayor of Cambridge, MD), Larry Murakami (Alaska State Vice Chair), Cordelia Lewis Burks (Indiana State Party Vice Chair), Joe Lowe (South Dakota State Party Vice Chair)." (Press Release, "Additional State Party Chairs And Vice Chairs And DNC Seniors Coordinating Council Endorse Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Keith For DNC , 12/15/16)

Pundits And Commentators That Didn't Want Tom Perez

Steve Phillips Of The Center For American Progress Endorsed Keith Ellison For DNC Chair. "Keith Ellison, a D.N.C. chairman candidate, has a proven record of engaging core Democratic voters rather than chasing the elusive conservative whites, and the party would be in good hands under his stewardship." (Steve Phillips, "Move Left, Democrats," The New York Times , 2/21/17)

Lanny Davis Of Davis Goldberg And Galper PLLC And Trident DMG Endorsed Keith Ellison For DNC Chair. "But I believe, as a former DNC member, that Ellison's proven ability to win congressional elections with large numbers of rural and working class voters is a critical difference between him and the other candidates. We need a national chair with a 50-state strategy - red states, blue states and purple states. Ellison has shown he has the broader appeal that our party needs now more than ever." (Lanny Davis, Op-Ed, "Davis: Ellison For DNC Chair," The Hill , 2/15/17)

Labor Unions That Didn't Want Tom Perez

The President Of The American Federation Of Teachers Endorsed Keith Ellison. "That's why Keith Ellison is the person to lead the Democratic Party forward. I know Keith has what it takes to move our party forward, and to ensure that we build trust on the ground so we can win back the voters we lost, mobilize the voters we have and build a constituency that will deliver long-term progress for the working people of our country." (Randi Weingarten, Op-Ed, "Organizing And Mobilizing: Why I'm Endorsing Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Medium , 2/16/17)

The President Of The National Education Association Endorsed Keith Ellison. "'I am proud to personally support Congressman Keith Ellison to be the next Democratic National Committee Chair,' said Lily Eskelsen García. 'I know he will be a unifying force in the Democratic Party. Keith's emphasis and well-documented commitment to party building and grassroots organizing in every community is exactly what we need as the nation finds itself at a crossroad under the divisive Trump administration.'" (Press Release, "NEA President Lily Eskelsen García Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Keith For DNC , 2/17/17)

The Service Employees International Union Urged Affiliated Members With A Vote To Vote For Keith Ellison For DNC Chair. "The Service Employees International Union is urging affiliated members who can vote in the race for Democratic National Committee chair to support Rep. Keith Ellison." (Daniel Strauss, SEIU Urges Affiliated DNC Members To Support Ellison For Chair," Politico , 2/17/17)

The President Of The American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees Endorsed Keith Ellison For DNC Chair. "As a superb organizer, a talented communicator and a keen listener, he's got all the attributes a successful party chair needs. As a DNC member, I am proud to personally endorse his candidacy and look forward to working with him." (Press Release, "Keith Ellison Announces Endorsements And Support From Labor Leaders," Keith For DNC , 11/23/16)

UNITE HERE, A Union Representing Thousands Of Culinary And Hospitality Workers, Endorsed Keith Ellison For DNC Chair. "Keith Ellison is adding another major endorsement in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chairman: UNITE HERE, a prominent union representing thousands of culinary and hospitality workers. UNITE HERE International Union President D. Taylor announced the endorsement of the Minnesota congressman in a letter to supporters Wednesday." (Marianne Levine and Daniel Strauss, "UAW To Endorse Ellison For DNC Chair," Politico , 2/16/17)

Activists That Didn't Want Tom Perez

Michael Moore Endorsed Keith Ellison Because The Democrats Need "Fresh Blood" And Because The "Old Guard" Needs To "Go." "As the race for the Democratic national chair comes down to the wire, filmmaker Michael Moore said Thursday the Democratic Party needs 'fresh blood,' new people like Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison. 'The Democrats have a real chance to change things,' Moore told CNN's Don Lemon on 'CNN Tonight.' 'The old guard, God bless them, they've got to go. We need Keith Ellison as the DNC chair.'" (Leinz Vales, "Michael Moore Endorses Ellison For DNC Chair: Party Needs 'Fresh Blood,'" CNN , 2/24/17)

The Head Of Democracy For America Endorsed Keith Ellison. "With his unified support, successful organizing record and deep experience working collaboratively with the progressive grassroots, Ellison is uniquely equipped to help the Democratic Party seize this moment and I simply hope the DNC's 447 voting members seize the opportunity they have to make him our chair." (Jim Dean, Op-Ed, "Ellison Can Seize The Moment," U.S. News And World Report , 2/24/17)

Ben Jealous, Former Head Of The NAACP, Endorsed Keith Ellison. "'With a young, progressive leader who rose from the grassroots, Keith's election will energize the Democratic base and ensure that state, county and local Democratic organizations are provided with the tools and financial resources necessary to build the party from the bottom up,' he said." (John Fritze, "Ben Jealous Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC," The Baltimore Sun , 2/13/17)

The Leaders Of Dozens Of Millennial Activist Groups Wrote A Letter Pledging Their Support For Keith Ellison. "That's why we endorse Representative Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. We believe he can activate the millennial base of the party by working with the movements we have powered." ("Millennial Leaders Endorse Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," Medium , 2/22/17)

Ben And Jerry's Co-Founders Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Since 2008, the Democrats have lost 11 governorships, 13 U.S. Senate seats, 69 House seats, and more than 900 state legislative seats. And in 2016, the Democratic nominee lost to an unlikable and unlikely buffoon. If the Democratic Party doesn't change its direction, we're likely to end up where we're headed…Ellison is an authentic champion of working families and he's ready to bring that energy and mindset to the Democratic Party. They are asking for him. Over 650,000 people have already signed a petition endorsing Ellison. No other candidate has that level of popular support." (Ben Cohen And Jerry Greenfield, "The Democrats' Savior?: The Democratic Party Is On A Path To Nowhere- Rep. Keith Ellison Can Help Brink It Back," U.S. News And World Report , 2/2/17)

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Endorsed Keith Ellison. "Today, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) announces its endorsement of Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) for the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) is thrilled to stand behind a champion of working families and a strong advocate to engage the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community more deeply and meaningfully within the Democratic Party." (Press Release, "APALA Endorses Congressman Keith Ellison For DNC Chair," The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance , 2/17/17)


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