How The Democratic Establishment Beat Back Keith Ellison’s DNC Bid


How the Democratic Establishment Beat Back Keith Ellison’s DNC Bid

Despite the setback, progressives remain determined to democratize the party and empower the left wing.

New DNC Chair Tom Perez will need to confront the very forces that put him in charge.

Under normal circumstances, the accession of someone like former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) might be cheered by the U.S. Left. But not in 2017—and not like this. In the aftermath of the catastrophic 2016 elections, progressives rallied behind the candidacy of Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), a Bernie Sanders ally and former civil rights lawyer who vowed to shake up the …

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