Kasim Reed endorses Tom Perez in race for DNC chair

The climax of the Feb. 23-26 meeting of the Democratic National Committee will be the election of a chairman to replace Donna Brazile – herself a temporary fix left over from the 2016 presidential race.

One of those with a vote will be Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who this morning endorsed former labor secretary Tom Perez for the job:

They do not agree on very much any more, but last month, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin endorsed Perez as well. As has former vice president Joe Biden.

The fight over DNC chair could resemble last year’s the bruising presidential primary, where an establishment-backed Hillary Clinton squared off against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign.

This time, Sanders and other progressive powerbrokers – among them U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta -- are backing U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid for DNC chair, while Perez has support from President Barack Obama’s allies.

Other contenders in the race include Jamie Harrison, the head of the South Carolina Democratic Party, and Sally Boynton Brown of the Idaho Democratic Party.

Perez has centered his campaign on a promise to combat voter suppression efforts and hiring an in-house cyber security chief to prevent another hacking attack.

Perez has a slight family connection to Atlanta. His father, a Dominican immigrant, was a doctor in Atlanta before moving to Buffalo, N.Y., where the candidate for DNC chair was born.

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The protest was led by the Congressional Black Caucus. The Washington Examiner reported that the group was protesting the Alabama Republican’s civil rights record and the Senate GOP’s treatment of Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday when she was reading a letter by Coretta Scott King.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...
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