Tom Perez, former Barack Obama labor secretary has been elected as the new head of the Democratic national committee.
The Democrats just never learn as they once again have elected a corporate hack in Tom Perez.Perez’s win was first hand proof that the democrats are unable to heed the voices of its constituents’ calls for change. “It’s going to be a major problem” if Perez wins, Jane Flemming Keeb, chair of the Nebraska Democrats, said in an interview with The Young Turks.
Former Bernie Sanders for President campaign manager called Perez a “candidate of the insider”:
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 (@rubycramer) February 24, 2017
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who endorsed Ellison, congratulated Perez on his victory but implored him to steer away from his establishment roots:
At a time when Republicans control the White House, the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and two-thirds of all statehouses, it is imperative that Tom understands that the same-old, same-old is not working and that we must open the doors of the party to working people and young people in a way that has never been done before. Now, more than ever, the Democratic Party must make it clear that it is prepared to stand up to the 1 percent and lead this country forward in the fight for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
Trump tweeted at him: ‘Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!’ Trump seemed to imply that Perez would be a failure, thereby helping the Republican Party
But Perez responded with his own cheekiness. He wrote : ‘Call me Tom. And don’t get too happy. Keith Ellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare’.
The race for chair of the DNC was expected to be close, and it was. Perez—considered the establishment favorite—fell a single vote short of the 214.5 votes needed to win the chairmanship during the first ballot round, in which 427 votes were cast. But he captured 235 votes in the second round, surpassing the threshold of 218 needed to win (based on the 435 ballots that were cast).