As Democrats head to Atlanta this weekend to vote on their party’s next chair, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee chair is coming down to its two leading candidates.
Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez in The Hill’s new survey of DNC members. But while both men claim they are close to securing commitments from the majority of the 447 voting members, neither candidate is assured victory.
The Hill has identified the stances of 240 DNC members, either through their private responses to a survey circulated over the past week or from public endorsements.
Out of those who responded, Ellison leads with 105 supporters to Perez’s 57. The remaining major candidates have less than a dozen supporters each, while more than 50 DNC members remain undecided.
…and in related news, Payola Paul in his Axios email thingie tells us:
“Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time” — Wall Street Journal front-pager by Reid Epstein and Janet Hook:
- “The strategy of Mr. Sanders’s followers is to infiltrate and transform the Democratic Party’s power structure, starting with the lowest-level state and county committee posts that typically draw scant attention.”
- “[T]he broader goal is not only to pull the party to the left on policy, but also to fundamentally alter how it operates by eschewing corporate donors, shifting resources from television advertising to neighborhood organizing and stripping power from longtime party elders — including … ‘superdelegates.'”
- “Sanders said the mobilization efforts are a legacy of his presidential campaign. ‘You have meetings where, in the old days, 20 people would show up. Now hundreds of people are showing up, in terms of competing for seats on Democratic state committees.'”
(Personally, I think this is good news. It’s the 50-state strategy brought hyper-local.)
All of which is a reminder to our readers that if you have a preference for who leads the DNC, you can use the DNC roster in the Activism Tab above and make your opinion known.