DNC’s transition team grows after grumbling on the left
* This is suppose to be a confidence builder..really? The purity charge is suggested. Seriously, can someone explain to me that since we have not been “pure” and that its clear we should not go there now…why have we suffered so many losses over the last 8 years being “impure”?
By David Weigel March 17 at 10:02 PM
It could, and should, have been a minor news item; the Democratic National Committee announced a “transition team” as new chair Tom Perez consolidated control.
But as Democrats keep finding out, any move inside the party is watched by some supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for evidence of betrayal. The 29-member transition team was scoured for supporters of Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn.) bid against Perez — a campaign in which fewer than 440 people voted — and found wanting. The list’s only high-profile supporter of Sanders was Pramila Jayapal, a new member of Congress from Washington.
“Putting one person who supported Bernie Sanders on your list — it’s a slap in the face,” said Cenk Uygur, the host of the progressive web news series The Young Turks, on a Thursday episode. “We gave the most popular politician in the country one vote, what more do you want?”
Earlier in 2017, Uygur launched “Justice Democrats,” a project designed to replace “corporate” incumbents with primary challengers. And TYT’s chief correspondent on the DNC race, Nomiki Konst, is a member of the more diversified “unity commission,” tasked with reforming party rules ahead of the 2020 primaries — a priority of Sanders.
In statements, Perez and Ellison tried to cool off the accusations of bad faith.
“The transition advisory committee is just a start to the broader transition efforts,” said Perez spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. “Over the weeks to come, Tom Perez and DNC leadership will continue meeting with key stakeholders in our big tent party, including progressive leaders, labor and experts in various fields to discuss priorities for the DNC, grassroots organizing, reaching key voters who were left behind this last election, and raising the resources needed to succeed.”
Ellison told the Huffington Post that he was proud to see a few allies on the committee, and on Twitter, he criticized progressives who were prioritizing party purity while President Trump was introducing an austere budget.jwirr, Koko, WillyT and 5 othersPurveyor, OzoneTom, ThomPaine, djean111, Mom Cat like this
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