DNC Chair Tom Perez Dragged Through Mud By His Own Party After Supporting Cuomo

Tom Perez

by Henry Rogers


Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez has faced constant backlash from his own party after endorsing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the primary Thursday — breaking with his own beliefs that the DNC should not get involved in primary elections.

Perez’s decision was a surprise to many Democrats, including his own deputy chairman, Keith Ellison, who disagreed with Perez’s endorsement of Cuomo in the primary election. Perez himself has continued to urge Democrats to not get involved in primaries and assumed the role of chairman after controversy surrounding the DNC’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. But Perez went against his own messaging Thursday, and Democrats are not happy.

Daily Caller News Foundation“The Democratic Party should not intervene in the primary process,” a spokesperson for Ellison told NBC News. “It is our role to be fair to all contestants and let the voters decide.”

Ellison’s statement, disagreeing with his superior, is by far the most shocking; but Democrats across the country are lashing out over the primary endorsement.

“The entire reason we hold primaries is because voters should decide who’s on the ballot, and not party bosses,” Karthik Ganapathy, a spokesperson for MoveOn.org, told NBC News “It’s wrong for those in charge of official party infrastructure to put their thumb on the scales and try to influence the outcome of elections before the primary voters who form the party’s grassroots base have had a chance to cast their ballots.”

Many well-known Democrats have continued to complain on Twitter, asking Perez “why” he made the decision to interfere in a primary election.

MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid called Perez’s decision “very odd” and hinted that Cuomo’s challenger Cynthia Nixon would have been a good choice for the Democratic party.

Former Bernie Sanders surrogate, Nomiki Konst, blasted Perez on Twitter, saying the DNC is “not allowed to intervene in primaries” and the DNC’s rules must be taken seriously.

Liberal radio host Bill Press also disagreed with Perez, calling his actions a “colossal mistake,” during a Friday morning  podcast.

“Didn’t we learn anything in 2016? The Democratic National Committee should not be taking sides during the primary — any primary. They did it for Hillary over Bernie. It cost them a lot of support. It was unfair. They lied about it. They were found out about it by the emails, and Donna Brazille blew the whistle on them and yet here they are making the same mistake all over again. There is no reason for the DNC to get involved in the Democratic primary in New York State,” Press said in the podcast. “This is going to hurt the Democratic Party, hurt the chances for the Democratic Party to be united in these 2018 elections and going into 2020. Tom Perez, don’t know why you did it. Big mistake.”

The split among the party is not a good sign for Democrats if they plan on winning back a majority in the 2018 congressional elections.

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  1. Brian McMurphy

    The DNC convention where Perez was selected, not elected as they like to say, should be out on youtube or c-span for anyone who wants to see it.

    Donna Brazile was drunk as she turned the keys over. She knew the DNC was compromised and that Clinton had loaned them the money to payoff debts in exchange for all decisionmaking power at the party level. A control that has not been relinquished to my knowledge. She knew they killed Seth Rich who was a Bernie Bro and had turned all those “Russia hacked” e-mails over to Wikileaks

    That is how they screwed Bernie Sanders over. Because of that agreement, the DNC under Clinton’s control, picks winners and losers. Likewise, Perez lost to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Keith Ellison but they decided to split the baby and make him “co-chair” to prevent a mutiny.

    Clinton still runs the DNC show. Perez doesn’t. Complain to quasimodo in a Mso Tse Tung one piece hiding a neck brace.