What Ellison's DNC Chair Loss Means For The Democratic Party
Feb 26 2017 by Joshua Bennett
Harrison, who chairs the SC party, said in a release on Thursday that he doesn't have the votes to become national chairman.
The chair campaign has been uncharted territory as Democrats face a power deficit not seen in nine decades - beyond the lifetimes of virtually every American voter.
It's not clear yet how the majority of Washington's nine officials will vote.
Among the tough tasks facing Perez will be choosing on which fronts to oppose Republicans and which to engage them, according to Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former colleague of Perez under the late Sen.
He told his party they faced a crisis of confidence after the election of Donald Trump, whom he said was the worst president in U.S. history.
For months, the race had been regarded as a rerun of the rocky Democratic primary for president in 2016 - with Ellison locking down much of the Bernie Sanders wing of the party and Perez spurred on by loyalists to Hillary Clinton.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 35, had positioned himself as a compromise candidate able to bridge the competing factions of the party, but he withdrew after his name was placed in nomination. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chairClinton: Dems will be "strong, unified" with Perez MORE (I-Vt.) and his allies backed Ellison. His views on the deal continued even after the party's shift to the left forced Clinton and other Democrats to denounce former former President Obama's signature trade deal.
Dershowitz recounted Ellison's history of controversial statements and actions many deemed anti-Semitic, including the congressman's history with Louis Farrakhan's "Nation of Islam" movement.
The counts have Buttigieg and Sally Boynton Brown, executive director of the Idaho party, combining for fewer than 20 votes, with remaining DNC members uncommitted.
Republican Party: Republicans had been open about their hopes that Ellison would win the chair's race, believing his strongly liberal record and past controversies would give them a useful punching bag for years to come.
Perez is the first Latino to hold the DNC chair post. "I think he got a lot of national recognition from this, so I don't think it hurt him that he got involved".
Haim Saban, the entertainment tycoon who is one of the Democratic Party's largest donors, called Ellison both "anti-Israel" and anti-Semitic.
"Organizing is how we're going to win".
"Nonetheless, the Resistance will persist in showing progressive leaders how to unrelentingly take on [President Donald] Trump, with or without the leadership of the Democratic National Committee", Dean said. And, as was clear from the speeches in Atlanta on Saturday, they realized they must unite against a common foe: President Trump.