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MoveOn statement on Perez being elected next DNC chair

Statement from Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, in response to Tom Perez being elected the next chair of the Democratic National Committee:

“We congratulate Tom Perez on his victory and all of the candidates on the strong campaigns they ran. In particular, we thank Rep. Keith Ellison for his leadership and look forward to continuing to work closely together with him in the House.

“In recent years the Democratic Party has become too Washington-insider, too beholden to the same big donors and consultants, and too timid on issues of social, racial, and economic justice. It’s lost touch with the real grassroots of the party. Today’s vote to continue accepting corporate lobbyist donations just furthers that perception.

“We hope that as the new DNC chair, Tom Perez takes heed to the millions of activists who are already in the streets and in the townhalls struggling against Trump’s agenda. If he can lead the Democratic Party to stand unequivocally on the side of economic justice and equality, then the millions of MoveOn members across the country will stand with it.”