Tom Perez Elected As The First Latino Democratic National Committee Chairman

Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor for President Obama, was elected as the Democratic National Committee Chair over the weekend with a vote of 235-200. For a party in crisis, there were many eyes on the election. Perez, whose main competition was Congressman Keith Ellison, ended up asking Ellison to join him team.

Tom Perez is officially the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“We’re no longer simply the committee that helps elect the president; we’re the committee that helps to ensure we’re electing people up and down the Democratic ticket,” Perez said after winning, according to The New York Times.

As soon as the votes were in and Perez won, he asked Keith Ellison to join him as deputy chairman of the DNC.

But tapping Ellison as the deputy DNC chairman did little to pacify anger from Ellison supporters who felt, like they did with Sen. Bernie Sanders, that ‘big money’ chose the DNC chairman, rather than the will of the people.

Ellison immediately started to support Perez and called on his supporters to do the same in the name of party unity.

“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided,” Ellison told his angry supporters, according to The New York Times. Ellison supporters walked out chanting ‘Party of the people, not big money! Party of the people, not big money,’ according to ABC News.

Perez and Ellison want Democrats to know that they are committed to uniting the party.

“If they trust me, they need to come on and trust Tom Perez as well,” Ellison said, according to The New York Times. Ellison added that he would be both deputy chairman and retain his seat in the House of Representatives for Minnesota’s 5th district because, “The very fate of our nation, I believe, is in the balance right now.”

Ellison is making sure that he gets their message to President Trump in the best way: Twitter.

Seems like Ellison is ready to show Trump that Democrats are going to come together just in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump tried to shade the election…

*Miranda Priestly Voice* “Groundbreaking.”

…and Perez was quick to fire back and show Trump that he is ready to lead the Democratic Party.

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