Over the weekend, Democratic National Committee members chose former Obama Administration Secretary Tom Perez as their new chairman. He defeated Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis), among others, in a close vote. Mr. Perez then immediately named Rep. Ellison as the party’s Vice Chairman.
Once again, the Obama-Clinton establishment held off a hard charge from the Bernie Sanders’ wing of the Democratic Party, reminiscent of the presidential nomination battle. Perez will come into office from a policy perspective, rather than possessing nuts and bolts campaign experience, so it should be interesting to see in what direction the DNC now heads.
Mr. Perez succeeds Acting Chair Donna Brazile, who replaced Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) when she was forced to resign under controversy at the Democratic National Convention in July.
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