Perez asks for Democratic Party staff resignations

Posted March 30, 2017

After a hard fought battle - and a dramatic special election - former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected to be the new Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in late February.

Additionally, a committee is advising Perez on not only who should be fired, but also how the Democratic Party should be structured from the inside.

Perez began remaking the party two weeks ago, appointing a 30-member transition advisory committee that spans the gamut of Democratic interests.

Amidst internal conflict and a push for party reorganization, reports that the DNC asked all staffers to submit their resignations by next month have emerged.

The makeover will nevertheless mark yet another period of tumult for the national party, which, throughout the 2016 election was rocked by scandal and plagued by leaks exposing divisions between its left-leaning and center-leaning wings.

The Democratic party has had three different leaders in the past year.

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Former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign after WikiLeaks dumped emails that showed she impeded Bernie Sanders to help Hillary Clinton win the nomination. Perez told NBC News he's "in active listening mode".

Although it is normal practice for a new party chairman to seek resignations from some staffers, some fear this move may lead to filling the party with those who aligned with Perez, leaving out progressives who backed his opponent, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota).

"We're repairing a plane at 20,000 feet", he told the network, suggesting his view of the magnitude of the task in front of him.

Leah Daughtry, a co-chair of the committee, then reportedly asked every staff member to submit letters of resignation to allow Perez to make a "culture change". "I was the Democratic Party chairman in California - it's a miserable job".

Ellison's political director has also been helping to oversee staffing decisions in some key departments in the DNC, according to several sources.