Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee this afternoon in Atlanta, by a vote of 235-200 narrowly beat Rep. Keith Ellison.
Ellison was the overwhelming favorite of Bernie Sanders supporters, who promised to leave the Democratic party if their guy didn’t prevail.
In a class-act move, Perez’s first act as DNC chair was to nominate Ellison as Deputy Chair of DNC.
So, our chair is Latino, and our Deputy Chair is Muslim. #Diversity
Past Dem presidents Obama and Clinton issued their support:
And then there was this exchange:
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