By Rakesh Raman
After a hard-fought election, Tom Perez – a former Labor Secretary in the Obama Administration – became the new chairman of the Democratic Party, which is on the verge of losing its sheen after its surprise defeat in the November 8 presidential election.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) members elected Perez over the U.S. Representative Keith Ellison in a 235-200 second-round vote on Saturday.
Perez faces a daunting task of rebuilding the party and lead a spirited Democratic campaign against the Republican President Donald Trump who is marred with myriad controversies, including his alleged ties with the enemy nation Russia. Trump, however, congratulated Perez.
Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Then under his leadership, the Democrats would like to win the 2020 presidential election for which Trump has already begun his campaign with the proclamation that he will win the next election, too.
Ellison will serve as the deputy to Perez.
Photo courtesy: Democratic Party
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