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Labor Sec. Tom Perez Considering DNC Top Spot

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 Labor Secretary Tom Perez (Andrew Harnick/AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 11 Nov 2016 06:14 PM

Soon to be out of work, Labor Secretary Tom Perez is reportedly interested in being chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Yahoo News, citing an unnamed source, reported Friday Perez is eager to take on the party's top spot with President-elect Donald Trump in the White House.

"Anyone who knows Tom knows he will not be able to sit on the sidelines," the source told Yahoo News. "He has fought on behalf of working people, Democrats and progressive values his whole life. Like all Democrats, he's trying to make sense of how best to continue that work, and DNC chair would be one of several fantastic platforms."

Yahoo News reported another unnamed source said "a number of Democrats are floating" Perez's name as well.

"They want someone who can rally the party and progressives," the second source told the outlet. "He's wrapping up stuff at the Labor Department as we speak and trying to figure out how to make the most impact."

But it's turning out to be a crowded field who wants to replace outgoing chairwoman Donna Brazile.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison appears to be the top contender, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his corner, while likely future Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York reportedly backs him as well, Yahoo News reported.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean also announced Thursday that he would seek to return to the DNC's chairmanship after previously serving in the role from 2005 to 2009.

And The Hill reported former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is "taking a hard look" at the position too.

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