CLASSIC partisan passion from progressive Democrats who feel buoyed by President Snowflake’s continual stumbling. They fought it out to the end and it was close.
While Tom Perez ran a good race, many who supported him used tactics that were uncalled for. But he also made promises about building a grassroots party. … With Trump and his allies controlling Washington we have to take it upon ourselves to elect progressives even if elements of the Democratic Party are locked in complacency. – Jeff Weaver [Our Revolution email]
Rep. Keith Ellison will be Tom Perez‘s deputy at the DNC.
From Jonathan Martin of the New York Times
The balloting, which carried a measure of suspense not seen in the party in decades, revealed that Democrats have yet to heal the wounds from last year’s presidential primary. Mr. Perez, buoyed by activists most loyal to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, won with 235 votes out of 435 cast on the second ballot.
Mr. Ellison, who was lifted primarily by the liberal enthusiasts of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, captured the remaining 200 votes. But that was only after he pushed the voting to a second round after Mr. Perez fell a single vote short of winning on the first ballot.
After Mr. Perez’s victory was announced, Mr. Ellison’s supporters exploded in anger and drowned out the interim chairwoman, Donna Brazile, with a chant of “Party for the people, not big money!” When Mr. Perez was able to speak, he immediately called for Mr. Ellison to be named deputy chairman, delighting Mr. Ellison’s supporters.
It's imperative Tom understands that the same-old, same-old isn't working and that we must bring in working and young people in a new way.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 25, 2017
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) February 25, 2017