A reorganization is apparently underway at the Democratic National Committee as various key longtime party officials have lost their positions, exposing a still-raw divide in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing who see retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.
The ousters come in advance of the DNC’s first meeting, in Las Vegas, Nevada, since Tom Perez took over as chairman with a pledge this year to unite a party that had become badly divided during the barbarous Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential primary race.
Complaints began instantly after party officials saw a list of Perez’s appointments to DNC committees and his roster of 75 “at-large” members, who are chosen by the chair.
As the Democrats stagger around trying to find a logical message to bamboozle Americans with, apparently the diversity chip-counters have invited some trouble here.
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The removal and demotion of a bunch of seasoned operatives stood out, as did what critics charge is the over-representation of Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, which helps set the terms for the party’s presidential primary, though other Sanders and Ellison backers remain represented.
Those who have been pushed out include:
- Ray Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic chairman and longtime DNC official who ran against Perez for chair before backing Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., lost his spots on the Executive Committee and DNC Rules Committee;
- James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a spot he has held since 2001;
- Alice Germond, the party’s longtime former secretary and a vocal Ellison backer, who was removed from her at-large appointment to the DNC; and
- Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC who supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee.
Why do Democrats hate transgender lesbians, one might ask?
The DNC has been under intense scrutiny from party activists since the 2016 presidential primary between Clinton and Sanders, and some had feared this week’s appointments could reignite those tensions. Others worried about replacing people with years of institutional memory with inexperienced newcomers in the effort to bring in new blood.
“Keith suggested names for DNC at-large membership and committees. Some were selected and some were not. In the end, the selections are the perogative of the chair,” Ellison spokesperson Karthik Ganapathy said in a terse statement.
Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC, said, “I can’t speak for Tom (Perez), but you talk about diversity — I’m extremely diverse: Jewish, veteran, transgender, lesbian, grandparent, small-business owner.”
Which begs the question: What does Tom Perez have against Jewish, veteran, transgender, lesbian, grandparent, small-business owners?
Doesn’t look good for a party that has literally based it’s entire platform around identity politics.
Maybe they finally wised up, and are going to focus on real issues, that Americans actually care about.
Ya right. Don’t hold your breathe.