The ink is barely dry on Tom Perez’s business cards as the new chairman of the Democrat National Committee and already he’s making waves.
Perez won his post in a contentious election yesterday when he defeated Keith Ellison. His victory proved the Democrat establishment still has clout while the left wing of the Party – supporters of Keith Ellison, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — was already grumbling about “vote tampering.”
Perez’s pronouncement on ABC this morning isn’t likely to give them any more comfort — in fact, it’s likely to give them nightmares.
The Washington Examiner reports, New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez didn’t rule out a Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2020 on Sunday.
Perez, speaking on ABC, was asked about Clinton’s continued political statements in the wake of her 2016 defeat to President Trump, including just before the vote for the new DNC chairman Saturday. He said she can run if she wants.
“Everyone who wants to run should run,” he said of the 2020 Democratic primary. “And, I’m confident we’re going to have a robust field of candidates.”
Perez also said he planned to use Ellison as a “partner” going forward.
Ellison was seen as the pick of the progressive wing of the party and many progressives were upset about his defeat on Saturday. Perez said he and Ellison are very much alike in their values systems and they’ll try to make the DNC better reflect those viewpoints.
“When we lead with our values, we win, and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.
Hmm. Perhaps Perez ought to review the results for Democrats across the nation in terms of governors and state legislatures. Seems pretty clear what Americans think of those “values.”
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]