Buried in a New York Times story about DNC disunity is a startling revelation: as the Perez-Sanders ‘Unity Tour’ continues, Perez aides blame Sanders for the conflict over a pro-life Democratic candidate.
As DNC Chair Tom Perez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) make the final stop on their “Come Together and Fight Back Tour,” in Las Vegas on Saturday, a New York Times report reveals that Perez aides blame Sanders for the latest candidate crisis in the Democratic Party.
Democrats are fighting over Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who as a state senator took votes supporting pro-life bills and causes. Pro-choice groups like NARAL blasted the DNC for hosting an event in support of Mello on Thursday.
Perez supported Mello in an interview on MSNBC on Thursday, but later released a statement expressing his disagreement with Mello on abortion.
Behind the cookie-cutter statement, though, and the ‘Unity Tour,’ Perez aides are making sure to assign the blame for this dust-up to Sanders. From the Times (emphasis ours):
Yet after the backlash, Mr. Perez retreated. He conducted some quiet diplomacy, telephoning Ms. Hogue and Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, according to Democrats briefed on the calls. Casting aside their efforts at unity, Mr. Perez’s aides blamed Mr. Sanders for the event, putting out word that it had been the senator’s idea to include the rally on the tour and criticizing him for not vetting Mr. Mello.
It’s another sign of disunity in the Democratic Party in 2017, and a sour end to the so-called ‘Unity Tour’ for Perez and Sanders.
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