So when last we could discuss Democratic politics, there was only one candidate in the race to be the new chair of the Democratic National Committee. That was Keith Ellison, the Congressman from Minnesota. He has the endorsements of some establishment members of the party (Chuck Schumber, notably) and major figures who are popular with the liberal base, like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The one concern people had was that Democrats want a full time chairperson, so Ellison has promised to resign his seat in Congress if he were elected chair. There were a few minor figures, like the chair of the New Hampshire Dems, running, but it didn't look like much of a race.
The New York Times says
that is about to change. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has decided to run for the position, rather than attempting to become Governor of Maryland in 2018. Perez has a really interesting background. Is the Secretary of Labor, and has been a good one by most progressive accounts. Used to be a civil rights lawyer in Justice. Born in Buffalo so is familiar with the Rust Belt experience. Is the son of Dominican immigrants so has Latino roots as well. He's on the left side of the party ideologically, but can fairly be described as more establishment than Ellison. He'll probably have Obama's tacit backing, if not formal backing, for example. A flaw is he has little electoral experience.
My opinion: both good candidates, though I'd rather have Perez try to knock off Hogan as he's a guy who with some electoral experience could become a powerful force for Democrats. Dunno if he would if he loses this. Both have backgrounds that understand the importance of organizing. Not really sure we can lose here unless people become really partisan and obnoxious about the whole thing.
So on that note:
This thread is Jeffe approved.
He hated me for bringing that link to his attention and asking to make the thread though.
Because all of our Democratic threads become acrimonious threads full of goosery.
Let's not do that.
No discussion of the Presidential election itself, though if you think there are demographic groups one candidate or the other is more likely to appeal to that you feel like Democrats need, in that narrow circumstance it might be OK to discuss the results. Definitely no relitigating of the Democratic primary. Please.
Herbert Hoover got 40% of the vote in 1932. Friendly reminder.