Democrats Maintain Status Quo with Election of Perez to DNC Chair

Written by Ralph E. Stone. Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Published on February 26, 2017 with No Comments

Newly minted DNC Chair Tom Perez. Photo via Wikipedia.

By Ralph E. Stone

February 26, 2017

Democrats yesterday maintained the status quo with the election of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez over Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairmanship. Following his elevation, Perez appointed Ellison as Deputy Chair with unanimous approval.

Ellison was supported by Bernie Sanders and the increasingly restive progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Appointing Ellison as Deputy DNC Chair was an effort to appease Sanders supporters as well as to help unite a fractured and divided party.

As Will Rogers once said, “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”

Perez was U.S. Secretary Secretary of Labor from 2013 to 2017.  He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Now is time for the Democratic Party to undergo a fundamental reassessment. The Party needs to be re-imagined as less of an insider’s club focused on raising corporate money and more of an advocate for the working-class. With a new, reinvigorated DNC and a new presidential nominee, Democrats can begin the task of taking back the White House in 2020 while making gains in the midterm elections.

Is the Democratic Party ready to unite for the formidable tasks ahead? Is Perez the best person for the job? Democrats can only hope for the best.

Ralph E. Stone

I was born in Massachusetts; graduated from Middlebury College and Suffolk Law School; served as an officer in the Vietnam war; retired from the Federal Trade Commission (consumer and antitrust law); travel extensively with my wife Judi; and since retirement involved in domestic violence prevention and consumer issues.

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