After a nearly 6-hour process, and two ballots, former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has won as DNC Chair.
On the 2nd Round of balloting for #DNCChair:
Threshold to win is 218votes:
235 Tom PEREZ
200 for Keith ELLISON
I’m seriously disgusted. This will make unifying Democrats more difficult, and will give some #DemExit people – of which I am not one – some final-straw reason to go. The problem, in a nutshell, is that there is no place to go. The Green Party is nowhere hear viability, nor does it have leadership that seems to understand that viability will depend not on running people for executive level positions (president, governor) who are wholly unqualified to serve those positions, but in fact will depend on the unsexy work of electing local people and building a bench, and running non-electoral events in people’s hometowns that let people know what the Green Party is about. Whatever that is.
Perez, accepting the gavel, asked for a suspension of rules to appoint Keith Ellison Deputy Chair.
I don’t want to go too deep on my Saturday – after watching this damn thing for 6 hours – to talk about why this is such a disappointing result. I need to go do something more human right now. But what I’d recommend you read, by way of that, is Glenn Greenwald: Key Question About DNC Race: Why Did Obama White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison.
Short answer: To maintain power at the highest party levels for the Obama and Clinton sectors of the party, and for the paid DNC consultants who have a vested interest in maintaining the DNC status quo.