Of course, the DNC being practiced in defensive posture, denies that Chair Tom Perez’ decision to teach at his alma mater Brown University constitutes a second job, pointing out it’s just “7 lectures” over “4 months.” That’s what DNC says. Brown says it’s a year appointment that also includes lunches and office hours, with other public events to be scheduled.
Ah, remember just 7 months ago after Hillary Clinton’s disastrous defeat? Rep. Keith Ellison, early Bernie guy and clear frontrunner for DNC chair, got knocked back by Howard Dean and other players who said you can’t have two jobs and be DNC Chair. Ellison even pledged to give up his House seat if he won. But of course, Ellison didn’t win, Perez did. Perez, who didn’t even want the job till he was recruited by Obama and the establishment wing. They’d just blown a ‘sure thing’ election, but they were scared af of Bernie Sanders’ ilk gaining party power.
[Aside from BS of a party in deep defensive crouch, there’s a case to be made for a F/T chair. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was P/T and she was a disaster. Plus, DNC’s Charter requires one. Not that DNC always honors their Charter. Because. they. don’t.]
Inserting an ‘establishment’ candidate into an all-but-decided chair race for a party badly needing needed reform and distance from Camp Hillary, wasn’t a good move. New Jersey’s DNC members split – all the women voting Ellison (except for the one NJDSC put in when they dumped Bernie-backers Wisniewski and Erdos); the men, including George Norcross, voting Perez.
But before today, my opinion was that Perez deserves at least a year to redefine DNC. So far, mixed bag. Some promising – like Unity Commission, some like Unity Tour not so much, and some, like the DNC fraud lawsuit, just gross. Hell, I thought Perez should get his shot even after he admitted the party rigged the primary against Bernie (he took that back, swearing Hillary won “fair and square”). And even after I met both of them and Ellison (who Perez named his ceremonial Deputy) knew what was on Blue Jersey’s front page (because he’d just read it), while Perez delivered a hot-blooded (but boilerplate) speech. I won’t hold back my fire on what the DNC’s done, because they’ve disgraced themselves. But IMO the Democratic Party is the only viable vehicle to get us out of this mess, so I’ve got nothing but love for people’s best efforts.
But, no. Taking a side-gig – and sorry, that’s what this is – is not OK when midterms are looming, when things are this bad, when #DemExit people are still peeling away (not without cause, let’s face it). Year-long lecture series in residence aren’t minor time commitments. And I call bullshit on DNC’s campaign to keep Ellison out of power because DNC is a full-time job.