Establishment Candidate Tom Perez Wins Election To Lead Democratic Party

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In the first round of ballots, Tom Perez took the lead with 213.5 votes, while Keith Ellison came in a close second with 200 votes.

"Donald Trump wants to eliminate overtime for people, Donald Trump doesn't care about the minimum wage, Obama's former labor secretary lamented to Chuck Todd. We need to redefine the role of the DNC so that we're helping to elect people from the school board to the Senate", Perez added.

He said Democrats should keep on demanding action to counter the current wave of bomb threats to Jewish community centers along with a Jewish cemetery desecration in St. Louis. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who defeated Sanders in the party's 2016 presidential primary.

"If we waste even a moment going at it, over who supported who, we're not going to be standing up for those people", Ellison said on Saturday.

Ellison responded in a statement, "I look forward to helping the Democratic Party in any way that I can". And frankly our unity is Donald Trump's greatest nightmare.

He told his party they faced a crisis of confidence after the election of Donald Trump, whom he said was the worst president in United States history.

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The election pitted Perez, the party's establishment choice, against Ellison, who represented the more progressive faction of the Democrats.

On CNN Sunday morning, Perez brushed aside that tweet from Trump claiming the vote was rigged, saying that he and Ellison "got a good kick out of that".

The DNC was already under duress by the time Trump won, the victim of an electronic hacking scandal in which emails showed then Chairwoman Rep.

"Someday, they're going to study this era of American history", Perez said after his win, according to The Washington Post. Republican officials insist their party communications were not breached.

"The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally 'rigged, '" Trump tweeted shortly after 6:30 a.m. "Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance".

In his victory speech, however, Perez announced that he was appointing Ellison the Deputy Chair of the DNC, a move that largely calmed frayed nerves among Ellison's group.