DNC Leadership Race & Latest Poll of Democratic Party Supporters

The Resistance News

February 16, 2017

What is occurring at DNC leadership race? Whatever is going on, in a poll of those who support Democratic Party, the majority said they want Trump stop at all cost. This likely means no cooperation with Trump or GOP.

The 2017 Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairmanship election will be held during the weekend of February 23–26, 2017, to determine the next chairperson of the DNC.[1]

Tom Perez, lately, is raking in the endorsement. He is an American politician, consumer advocate, and civil rights lawyer who was the United States Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Perez has also served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. March 2013, Perez was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the United States Secretary of Labor, replacing outgoing Secretary Hilda Solis.

During the 2016 presidential election, Perez was mentioned as a possible running mate on the Democratic ticket with Hillary Clinton [157] but was ultimately not selected. Perez later campaigned for the Clinton-Kaine Ticket. Perez announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee on December 15, 2016.[158] He believes the party needs to go to suburb, and exburb and rural America, and talk to people.[159]

Perez promised not to take money from federal lobbyists, foreign nationals, or current Labor Department employees on his webpage.[160] Perez gave the Keynote Speech for the Maryland Democratic Party annual legislative luncheon January 10 in Annapolis.[161] If elected to the Chair, Perez will become the first Latino to chair the Democratic National Committee[162]

Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have publicly supported Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[3][25][26][27] MoveOn.org, led by Ilya Sheyman, has also expressed support for Ellison.[3]

Keith Maurice Ellison has been the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), the Minnesota state Democratic Party affiliate. The district centers on Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. Ellison is a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a Chief Deputy Whip, and also serves on the House Committee on Financial Services.

Ellison was the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

And latest, for Keith Ellison is endorsement from Gloria Steinem. In statement obtained the famed feminist and liberal activist said:

“His understanding that issues like a living wage and universal health care should be national goals — and his support for the ideas and energy of the Women’s Marches around the world — make clear that he can and will lead the Democratic Party to a principled and populist victory.

“As both a strong advocate for feminism and a Muslim, he knows that, as Hillary Clinton said, ‘human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.’

Ellison being a Muslim, has been a target of many questions. For example, The New York Times reported that one of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, Haim Saban, said in his 2016 foreign policy forum that Ellison is “clearly an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel person.”[32]

Also, opposition arose from Democrats concerned that Ellison, a sitting Congressman, would not be able to devote full-time to the position. In response, Ellison pledged that he would resign from Congress if he won the election.[29] Others opposed him on ideological grounds, characterized by National Public Radio as representing the party’s division in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary between centrist supporters of Hillary Clinton and the party’s left wing, which backed Bernie Sanders.[26][30]

But Ed Rendell is backing Pete Buttigieg for DNC chair.

“After a year of historic division within the Democratic Party, I believe we need a fresh face at the helm of the DNC. We need someone who understands the needs and values of middle class Americans and what that means in different parts of the country. Someone who will be an innovative thinker not wedded to solutions proffered only inside the Beltway. We also need someone who can bring the party together and lead us to victory at all levels. I believe that person is Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”

Following the 2016 DNC email leak, in which DNC leadership appeared to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary, Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC Chairwoman, and was succeeded on an interim basis by Donna Brazile.[2] Brazile announced that she would not run for a full term.[3] A DNC executive committee meeting will take place in December to provide further procedural clarity into the race, though the election is tentatively scheduled to be held at the DNC’s Winter Meeting in late February 2017.[1] There are 447 DNC members, who are the sole voting members of the DNC, a quarter of the members are state level chairs and vice chairs, the remainder are elected at the state level. To be elected as chair, a simple majority of 224 votes is required.[4]

Calling for a return to the fifty-state strategy, Howard Dean, a former Governor of Vermont who served as chairman of the DNC from 2005 to 2009, announced his candidacy on November 10.[5] Citing the potential for a divisive race, Dean withdrew himself from consideration on December 2.[6]

Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, announced his candidacy on November 14.[7] That day, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison also declared himself a candidate.[8] New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley declared his candidacy on November 29.[9]

On December 16th, 2016, Sally Boynton Brown, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party, announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party. Sally gained infamy among the Democratic base with her comment that her job ” is to shut other white people down who interrupt.”

After meeting with DNC members, Ellison announced on December 7 that he would resign his seat in the House of Representatives if elected DNC chair, so that he could focus his full attention on the job.[10] One week later, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced his candidacy.[11] On February 1, former Vice President Joe Biden publicly offered his support for Perez.[12] South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy on January 5, 2017.[13] Fox News analyst Jehmu Greene announced her candidacy on January 12, 2017.[14]

Another possible candidate is Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona.[15] Former California Assembly Speaker John Pérez contemplated a run,[16] but first decided instead to run for Congress,[17] then withdrew from that for health reasons.[18] Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, once considered a potential candidate, took herself out of consideration.[3] Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said that he was “taking a hard look” at running for DNC chairman,[19] but decided not to run.[20] Ilyse Hogue, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Representative Steve Israel of New York announced that they would not run.[21][22][23] DNC Vice-Chair R. T. Rybak considered a run, but was listed as an endorser of Ellison, when he announced his candidacy.[24]

Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have publicly supported Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[3][25][26][27] MoveOn.org, led by Ilya Sheyman, has also expressed support for Ellison.[3]


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