Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman

ATLANTA — Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the helm of a still-divided party stunned by President Trump’s victory but hopeful that it can ride the backlash against his presidency to revival.

The balloting, which carried a measure of suspense not seen in the party in decades, revealed that Democrats have yet to heal the wounds from last year’s presidential primary campaign. Mr. Perez, buoyed by activists most loyal to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, won with 235 votes out of 435 cast on the second ballot.

Mr. Ellison, who was lifted primarily by the liberal enthusiasts of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, captured the remaining 200 votes. But that was only after he had pushed the voting to a second round after Mr. Perez fell a single vote short of winning on the first ballot.

25 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jose says:

    Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez; isn’t the use of “labor secretary” and perez a definite definition of oxymoron.

  • justinwachin says:

    I’m not sure either candidate is going to help the Democrats recover. I think their problem is the party’s direction not its leadership. Today’s Democrat Party doesn’t reflect America. It has been hijacked by extremists pushing a radical agenda.

    If President Trump is successful, he will likely win re-election by a landslide in 2020. Congress may become more Republican after the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Janis says:

    Hey Bernie supporters!!!! How does this make you feel? Another victory for the Establishment – the Clintonistas you railed against in the primary.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      Don;t Forger The SQUAW LiAWATHA

  • mudguy1 says:

    The only difference between Perez and Ellison is 35 votes. The Democrats just showed America that they care nothing about America.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      The (D) Nazi party Never did Care about America….they gave us BHOVOMIT, Klinton, and Kerry …. PROOF DEFINITE that they Do Not

  • Webb says:

    The left continues its March to even further Left…half of Progressives wanted Ellison but the other Half is fullfilling Obama’s wish for
    Perez…Identity Politics will Continue!
    Nothing changes for the Progressives even with Perez!

    1. The Redhawk says:

      Perez is just another (D) Nazi…..just like Soros/O vomit / Clinton WANT

  • Jean Langford M. says:


    1. The Redhawk says:

      and —–8—- more for President PENCE after that

      1. Jean Langford M. says:


        1. The Redhawk says:


  • Rodney Steward says:

    This has really put the Dem. socialist party in a downward spiral, a muslim and an Obama left over, so Hellary told the party to put in the left over! And “BAM”, 1/2 of the party has just has split!! Weak Minded Fools!!

    1. The Redhawk says:

      Well among for the (D) Nazi Party Finalists we had
      JEH MOO GREEN a real Anarchist
      Donna Brazile a lying GRAYBACK
      Keith Allah Ellison the Isis favorite of Upchuck, the Squaw and Bernie
      and Perez the bootlicker of O vomit and Shillery set up to Stack another Run for Shillery in 2020 and for Chelsea as US Senator from NYS….and END the Pretense that there is a REAL (D) party left and Give LIFE to the SOROS ( fauxD) Nazi party

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        My God, this is really nothing but Ghetto trash, peppered with muslim stupidity! No wonder the Dem. are wanting another party, I seen where the Dems are want to split from the FAAAAAR Left!

        1. The Redhawk says:

          another Step FAAAARRR LEFT and they’ll fall off the Cliff Into Oblivion LEMMINGS STYLE!!!

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            Amen to that!!

  • randy jackson says:

    An example of a Party in total disarray.
    Just like Retard-licans…………
    Term Limits folks—–Term Limits!

    1. retired4ever says:

      Term limits should have been one of the first amendments to the constitution, not one we are trying to get in place in 2017.

      1. randy jackson says:


      2. Arthur Baker says:

        The Founders did put term limits in. It is called the elections. We (the voters) are supposed to limit their terms. The electorate has abrogated their responsibility to be involved. You think it would be an easy fix and then you could go golfing. What makes you think the establishment would not have more puppets already groomed to step in. And how about a lame duck congressmen that since he was not facing reelection would sell the people out. And how about all the extra pensions we would be paying? Term limits is a very bad idea. Just wake up America and do your due diligence to hold your congressmen’s feet to the fire.

        1. Timothy Thompson says:

          I think term limits would be a good idea if we change the retirement program. Let them spend their time in congress then when they go like all Americans retirement they can’t collect it until they turn 65 or whatever age they go with for Social Security. Unfortunately being elected and able to collect retirement after only one term in office is rediculous.

          1. Arthur Baker says:

            Yes their retirement program is insane. You have a good Idea but I still believe limiting the terms of our very best congressman is a mistake. The voters need to wake up and do their job by voting them out if they don’t perform. Lame duck congressman would be a real threat. They would have nothing to lose by selling us out for some big fat paycheck. They would take pay to play to a whole new level.

          2. Timothy Thompson says:

            You have a great point, Obama obviously sold us out, in his last month he tried to sell America out one last time by doing rediculous arms sales to his home country Kenya. What the hell!

            I’m hoping AG Sessions is spending some time organizing an investigation into Obama history vetting him into his past.
            Something has never been right about him and his last two years in office, he actually came out of the closet and did things that supported the Muslims in so many negative ways against America’s interests. I for one hope the truth will finally be told. The career politicians I wouldn’t trust them since they all on both sides of the isle are self serving hypocrites. It certainly would tell alot about what his actions showed, Obama’s words always told a significantly different story.

    2. The Redhawk says:

      BULLS EYE!!

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