Former Labour Secretary Tom Perez chosen as DNC Chair

The Democratic Party has selected its candidate to lead it through to the 2018 midterm elections, Secretary Tom Perez.

Perez was elected on the second ballot, and immediately went to elect his runner up, Congressman Keith Elliot, as his deputy, in an attempt to bridge the rift that has grown between the left wing and the right wing of the party since the 2016 election campaign.

Perez had previously been criticized as an establishment candidate, something that many, including the backers of Senator Bernie Sanders, felt had cost them the election. Meanwhile, Elliot had received Sanders’s endorsement, and was the candidate of the left wing of the Democratic Party, but himself faced criticism over allegations of antisemitism.

Perez is now tasked with restructuring, reforming, and rebuilding the Democratic Party as it is completely shut out of government with a Republican controlled Presidency, Senate, Congress, and the majority of state governorships and legislatures, and to ensure it has a successful midterm election in 2018.

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