DNC Chair Race: Proxy Battle Rages On Despite Agreement Not To Attack Each Other

Senator Bernie Sanders 2017

The Democratic National Committee leadership race is apparently an ongoing proxy war which rages just below some media radars, likely because there is an “agreement not to attack” between the seven major candidates to succeed Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile at that post-2016 election top spot.

Or so writes Jonathan Easely over at The Hill recently, describing some festering wounds perhaps re-opened by 2016 Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in his backing of one of the DNC leadership candidates for the position.

From that article, Senator Sanders is choosing to support Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota for the DNC chair position, while the former Vice President under ex-President Barack Obama is choosing to back Tom Perez, described as also being “a top contender for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman.”

Appearing on Sunday morning’s “State of the Union” news show at CNN, Bernie Sanders addressed the fight.

Host Jake Tapper asked Senator Sanders about former Labor Secretary Perez being endorsed for the job by ex-VP Biden over Ellison.

Tapper quoted a Sanders’ statement from a February Facebook reaction about whether or not the DNC will “stay with a failed status quo approach or do we go forward with a fundamental re-structuring  of the Democratic Party?”

Sanders replied to it.

“Look, I like Joe [Biden] and I certainly have enormous respect for President Obama. But the facts are that despite the reality that we have an extreme right-wing Republican Party, which is way out of touch with the American people on every issue, they now control the White House, the Senate, the House and two-thirds of the Governors’ chairs.”

Former VP Biden was quoted over at CBS News online by Emily Schultheis on his choice of who to support for DNC chair, seeming to take a swipe at people who don’t know “what it means to be a Democrat.”

“I’ve known Tom Perez for a long time. He’s a man of integrity and vision. And he knows what it means to be a Democrat—that we are a party that fights for economic fairness for working families and believes that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or who they love.”

In the Facebook statement, Sanders also wrote this:

“I say we go forward and create a grassroots party which speaks for working people and is prepared to stand up to the top 1 percent. That’s why we have to support Keith Ellison.”

Biden, however, feels people are being treated as children by the Sanders-Ellison wing of the fight. To underscore that, the former VP also stated in the CBS piece that Perez “… knows how to talk to people, not down to them.”

So, the battle is raging on for the soul of the Democratic Party.

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