Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is blasting Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez over his recent endorsement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, which blatantly conflicts with Perez’ promise the national party wouldn’t pick favorites.
“To endorse one candidate over the other is not what the chair of the DNC should be doing,” said Sanders, who many feel was railroaded by the DNC during his 2016 presidential primary against Hillary Clinton.
Perez endorsed Cuomo last month at an event in Long Island, effectively shunning primary opponent Cynthia Nixon, an actress endorsed by Our Revolution, “a progressive political organization inspired by Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016,” Politico reports.
On Wednesday, MSNBC brought up the controversy with DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison, who lost out to Perez for DNC chairman but was named number two to appease Sanders supporters, many of whom are still sore over the party’s rigged 2016 primary.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota did his best Donald Trump impression Friday, and it left a lot to be desired.
Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, made a spectacle of himself with the help of his son, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, as the two jammed out for MinnRoast2018.
Ellison donned a blond wig and suit with red tie, and played the guitar, while Jeremiah provided percussion to the tune of “Guantanamera.”
Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison is a big fan of universal basic income, and he has some interesting ideas about how to move the country toward a more socialist system.
The U.S. representative from Minnesota recently outlined his thoughts about the government stepping in to take control of people’s financial lives during a forum in Minneapolis, where he rejected the notion that the government giveaways would leave folks with little motivation to contribute to society.
Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan praised — called out — Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison at his Saviors’ Day 2018 Address on Sunday during a racist screed in which he also proclaimed “the powerful Jews are my enemy,” and “white folks are going down.”
Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, admitted to working for the Nation of Islam for over a year to help with the 1995 Million Man March, but has repeatedly promised the public he cut ties with the hate group since he was elected to represent Minnesota’s 5th district in 2006.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez insisted in February that the party’s top position was a “full-time” gig that deserved “someone committed here for the long haul,” then accepted a part-time teaching job at Brown University a few months later.
Liberal radio host Bill Press called Perez out on the apparent hypocrisy during an interview Tuesday, when the chairman alleged the stint at his Alma matter doubles as a “focus group on the millennial generation.”
“I have to ask you about one other thing, because I’ve heard this from some of my friends on the DNC, that you promised to be a full-time chair and yet you’ve accepted a teaching job at Brown University. Isn’t that contradictory to what you promised?” questioned Press, a former chairman of the California Democratic Party.
“Not at all,” Perez said. “If you look at my schedule, Bill, I’ve been in 25 different locations in the last 30 days. I’m working about 90 hours a week. I go up seven times to Brown University to talk for an hour and a half to students about public service, because that’s where I went to school.”
Perez, elected chairman in February, called on his rival in the race, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, to quit Congress if elected to the post because the Democratic Party is in need of a “dramatic overhaul” that would require his full attention, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
Perez announced six months later that he accepted a one-year senior fellowship at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, where he’s teaching a course called “Governance and Leadership in Challenging Times.” A university announcement contends the course if focused on “effective problem salving for individuals of all political stripes.”
The announcement stated Perez would also attend several public events, and hold office hours and informal lunches with students, according to the news site.
Perez explained to Press that the Brown gig isn’t hypocritical because he’s a super hard worker, plus the insight into some of the nation’s most privileged students is valuable research for the Democratic Party.
“So the week I go up to Brown, I’m working 70 hours a week,” Perez said. “People who know me know I’ve only got one motor and it’s always on fifth gear. And those students have been my focus group on the millennial generation and how we could do a better job of engaging them.
“So I think I’ve gotten more out of it than they’ve given to me,” he said.
Washington Republicans pointed out in September that Perez’s appointment at Brown came just weeks after the Democratic Party posted some of its worst fundraising numbers in a decade.
“The DNC can’t raise money, their ‘Better Deal’ slogan flopped, the Unity Tours were a disaster — and Tom Perez thinks it’s a good time for a side gig?” the Republican National Committee asked, according to Fox News.
The DNC raised $3.8 million in July, compared to a $10.2 million haul for the RNC the same month. The lackluster fundraising started well before Perez took charge in February and continued into the summer as party factions continue to pull at the seams.
“The Democratic Party sill appears divided between the progressive wing, including Sanders loyalists and those who backed Ellison for DNC chairman, and the establishment wing, which backed Clinton in last year’s White House race,” Fox News reports.
“The divide was clearly on display earlier this year during the DNC’s so-called Unity Tour, in which Perez and Ellison appeared on stage amid questions about whether the party should back pro-life candidates.”
Brown University refused to discuss Perez’s pay when questioned by Fox News.
“Beyond position titles and dates of service, we are not at liberty to disclose details related to personnel,” a Brown spokesman said.
Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith Ellison thinks illegal immigrants smuggled into the United States now face a crisis much like Jews in Nazi Germany, and he’s calling on everyone to “give our neighbors sanctuary.”
The Democratic Congressman from Minnesota headlined a “Beyond DACA” discussion on Monday at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where he likened today’s illegal immigrants to Jews facing persecution and death in 1941.
Many folks in the Democratic Party are working hard to repair the damage from Hillary Clinton’s embarrassing defeat to Donald Trump in last year’s election by courting Bernie Sanders supporters – young, enthusiastic voters critical for a win 2020.
Hillary Clinton is not one of them.
With the release of her new book “What Happened,” Clinton is now touring the country to offer excuses for her failures, and it’s clear she places much of the blame on the senator from Vermont and his growing base of supporters in the Democratic Party.
If Cuba’s health care system is so great, it’s not clear why Minnesota Congressman and DNC Vice Chairman Keith Ellison doesn’t go there for his own care.
While defending Obamacare and opposing changes Republicans want to make to the failing program, Ellison held up as positive examples the health care systems of Cuba, and perhaps more shockingly, that of the Democrats’ favorite boogeyman: Russia.
Not even the attempted assassination of Republican members of Congress by a raging leftist will get Democrats to stop using violent rhetoric against their political opponents.
During a Facebook live event with Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden on Wednesday, DNC vice chair and Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison complimented Tanden by telling the audience, “She kills, slays, fights ’em every single day,” referring to Republicans.