DNC chair asks for staff resignations as overhaul begins

Tom Perez

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez won the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee and supposedly has an ambitious plan for the Democratic Party to make a comeback in future elections. A request for the resignation letters to be dated April 15 came shortly after Tom Perez was elected as the party's chair.

After a rough 2016, the Democratic National Committee is cleaning house.

Democrats just couldn't capitalize on former President Obama's high favorability rating as Clinton's campaign lost to the least-liked candidate since polling began: Donald Trump.

Unity was a key theme in Perez's victory speech, and he followed that up by immediately naming the defeated Ellison as the deputy chairman of the DNC, a newly-created position, as an olive branch. Hinojosa praised DNC staffers for that work. Bernie Sanders. But he was derailed when his anti-semitic views were revealed in audio and publicly opposed by predominant Jewish members of the party, such as Alan Dershowitz.




But some who supported Ellison were frustrated by Perez's victory, believing it served to further alienate progressives within the party. He has held meetings with Democrats inside the Beltway and around the country to gather ideas.

"What we're trying to do is culture change", [Perez] told NBC News between stops of a listening tour in Michigan Friday.

Schumer, pointing to Ellison and Sanders, told Perez, "If he's happy, and if he's happy, then I'm happy", according to two sources.

It's no secret this past year the DNC has had its fair share of scandals and crisis, and according to NBC News, "the mass resignation letters will give Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC's headquarters from scratch". That could be fixed by naming the Minnesota congressman to one of the 75 slots the chairman gets to appoint to the national committee.

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