Ellison Gets Unlikely Boost From Trump in DNC Chair Race
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 7:59
Party leaders will vote on the final day of a three-day meeting that began Thursday in Atlanta.
"It is definitely neck and neck".
The televised DNC chair debate on Wednesday night about who should lead the party as Democratic National Committee chairman had a big elephant in the room and everyone was talking about him: President Donald Trump. Perez has garnered support from key Obama backers and is considered a strong rival to Ellison's bid.
"You have to make sure that you belong with the resistance", Blake said.
But while the battle over who chairs the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is a look toward the party's future, some see it as a proxy battle between the supporters of two also-rans: the defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her liberal primary rival Bernie Sanders.
Democrats close to Clinton, however, have said she will remain involved in party business and helping candidates, though plans for that effort remain fluid.
In running to fill that rocky position, Perez believes it's time for the party to go "back to basics" with grass-roots campaigns and protests, focus on local races (rather than just the presidency) and more attention to areas that fall outside of the typical Democratic strongholds in major cities.
According to a survey conducted by The Hill, Ellison is now the favorite to win, over former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. "We've got to take it to the real opposition, which is the Republicans", Buttigieg said in the debate.
Tennessee Democrats are looking to set their strategy for the future at the upcoming DNC officer elections in Atlanta on February 25th with all 5 DNC members supporting former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez for DNC chair.
The strategists spoke on condition of anonymity because many DNC members they track do not want the vote count discussed publicly.
To win, the victor must clinch the majority of the votes cast. Multiple ballots could be needed for Ellison or another candidate to secure the 224 (of 447) votes needed to win.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, called Trump a "computer virus in the American political system".
But Mark Hammond, chairman of the Oklahoma State Democratic Party, said he is voting for Mr. Ellison because he is best equipped to bridge the divide.
"A prominent lawyer. told me that while he was a law student, Ellison approached her and said he could not respect her because she was a Jew and because she was a woman who should not be at a law school", Dershowitz claims in the column. The Hill reports, "Perez supporters have expressed concern about handing the party over to the Sanders wing of the party, arguing that Ellison would move the party too far to the left".
"You can not like Perez, you can not like Ellison, Harrison, you can not like any of the candidates, but you probably hate Trump more", Martin said. "We need an organizer who is going to bring people out and turn this party around".