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DNC Still in Shambles Nearly One Year After Perez Took Reins

Many have framed the 2018 midterms as Democrats’ to lose, and given recent reports of infighting, they might do just that.

By NTK Staff | 01.16.2018 @11:30am
DNC Still in Shambles Nearly One Year After Perez Took Reins

Nearly one year after Tom Perez, labor secretary in the Obama administration, took the reins of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the former Hillary Clinton supporter is lamenting that the job of DNC chairman is more difficult than he realized.

“I knew it was a turnaround job when I ran, but I undeniably underestimated the depth of the turnaround job,” Perez said in an interview. “We had to rebuild almost every facet of the organization, and equally importantly, we had to rebuild trust.”

At issue is the fact that Democrats who backed Clinton are still at odds with those who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The DNC has become every frustrated Democrat’s favorite piñata, and a symbol of everything that went wrong in 2016. Sanders-Clinton hostilities have taken on a new form: The tension now is over whether Sanders should hand over his massive voter list to the committee, as Perez has asked, and whether the committee has gone far enough to overhaul internal rules that Sanders forces are convinced rigged the nomination for Clinton. Neither side is satisfied, and words like “crazy,” “still doesn’t get it,” and, in one case, “Judas” are tossed around to describe people in the opposite camp.

In an effort to quell the disagreements between the two groups, Perez selected Sanders-backed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to be deputy chair in early 2017. While the decision to pick Ellison was perhaps made with the best intentions, the result has not been harmonious.

The relationship between Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the former rival whom Perez named deputy chair in an attempt to ease tribal infighting, remains chilly, with periodic explosive fights over party strategy and appointments.

At the heart of the tension between the two men and the factions they represent is Sanders’ much-prized email list, which contains valuable voter data.

“The DNC wants it, but Sanders has no intention of handing it over,” Politico wrote Tuesday, meaning it could be a long time before Democrats are truly unified.

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