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Longtime DNC Officials Kicked Off Key Posts

Longtime DNC Officials Kicked Off Key Posts
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez (Dennis Van Tine/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:41 PM

Newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez vowed to bring unity back to the party after the bitter battle between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but bad blood might be resurfacing after what some are seeing as a purge of longtime DNC leadership.

Complaints started as soon as the list of Perez's appointments was released, NBC News reported Wednesday.

Perez himself won an equally bitter battle for chairmanship against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, but immediately named Ellison deputy chair in a show of unity.

But any harmony won that day was fractured by Perez's choices for "at-large" appointments. Though backers of Ellison remain in some key positions, the old hats who were ousted were dominated by those who had backed Ellison for the top spot.

Among those gone from top spots: Ray Buckley, who was kicked off the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee; James Zogby, who was removed as co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee, though he remains co-chair of the DNC's Unity and Reform Commission; Alice Germond, who is off as a DNC at-large member; and Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the DNC's first transgender member, who was removed from the Executive Committee.

"I’m concerned about the optics, and I'm concerned about the impact," Zogby told NBC. "I want to heal the wound of 2016."

"I understand the chair can do as he pleases, but still, it's all just very disappointing," Buckley said.

"It is quite unusual for a former party officer who has been serving on the DNC for like forever to just be left out in the cold without even a call from the chairman," Germond added. "So, I assumed it had something to do with myself support for Keith."

The DNC said retaliation played no role in the decisions. Rather, the move was an effort to increase diversity and fresh faces to leadership.

"This slate doubles millennial and Native American at-large representation, provides unprecedented representation for our allies in the labor community, and increases the presence of Puerto Rican at-large members at a time when the Trump administration refuses to take responsibility for the millions of Americans who are still suffering through a major humanitarian crisis," DNC spokesperson Michael Tyler said.

The DNC is meeting in Las Vegas this week.

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Bad blood might be resurfacing in the Democratic National Committee after what some are seeing as a purge of longtime DNC leadership by newly elected DNC Chairman Tom Perez.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:41 PM
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