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Obama White House Steers Clear of DNC Chair Race

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Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 09:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As the race for the Democratic National Committee chair heats up, the White House is making a special effort to distance itself from the tumult.

At their Feb. 23-25 meeting in Atlanta, the DNC will choose a new chairman from among three contenders: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who would be the first Muslim chairman of a major party; New Hampshire State Chairman Ray Buckley, who would be the first openly gay chairman of a major party; or South Carolina State Chairman Jamie Harrison, who would be the third black chairman of the DNC after outgoing Chairwoman Donna Brazile.

On Friday I asked deputy press secretary Eric Schultz about the state of the DNC. He replied: “The president has spoken generally about how the Democratic Party can rebuild itself, that obviously the results of the election in November were not elections that we either anticipated or desired.”

“The president has not endorsed any of the candidates for DNC chair, and I don’t anticipate that he will,” press secretary Josh Earnest told radio talk-show host Bill Press.

When asked by Press — himself a former California Democratic state chairman — whether the president would be content with any of the three contenders, Earnest replied: “I don’t anticipate that the president is going to weigh in particularly aggressively in support or against any of the candidates.”

In recent weeks, the three-way contest has grown increasingly nasty. Ellison, presumed front-runner and favorite of Sen. Bernie Sanders and the House and Senate Democratic leadership, has come under strong fire from the American Jewish community for comments he made about Israel.

Buckley and Harrison, however, have problems of their own. Buckley experienced embarrassment in which a tape was released revealing him using language far more graphic than that of Donald Trump in the “Access Hollywood” tape. Harrison, considered one of his party’s young stars, has been criticized for his association with a lobbying firm that includes Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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