DNC chairman says he's 'absolutely not' considering resigning

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Sunday he is “absolutely not” considering resigning in the wake of last week’s chaotic Iowa caucuses. 

Perez’s response on CNN’s “State of the Union” followed a call for him to step down from Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don’t work for Main Street; Burr to step aside Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups MORE (D-Ohio), the chairwoman of the House Administration Committee’s subpanel on elections. 

After dismissing the call for him to resign, Perez lauded the work the DNC has done in the last three election cycles since President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s 2016 win. 

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“We have been winning, this is what it’s about. I think it’s important for people to take a broader step back,” he said, adding that Democrats made gains in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

“We are better prepared to hand our nominee an infrastructure of success than ever before,” Perez said. 

 

Asked if the DNC takes responsibility over the chaotic caucus, Perez said the national party and state party are “in this together.” 

“The Iowa Democratic Party runs the actual election, but… any time something goes wrong, whether run by the state party or not, we’re in this together,” Perez said. 

He said that the DNC will “absolutely have” a “conversation” over caucus systems and whether Iowa should maintain its first-in-the-nation voting status. 

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Perez also said that he and Fudge “categorically disagree” over reforming super delegates, which Fudge did not mention in her call for Perez to resign. 

Fudge noted a “lack of leadership” in her call for Perez to step down. 

“If you have the Iowa situation you don’t throw them under the bus, you stand up and you support and you try to fix it. He doesn’t lead on anything,” she said. 

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