Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez has had a bumpy ride since becoming chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He likened his job — reuniting a fractured Democratic Party — to “repairing a plane at 20,000 feet.”
During the race for chairman, the DNC effectively splintered. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supported Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) while many Clinton allies backed Perez. But once it was all over, Perez had to find a way to make peace.
Toward that end, he immediately named Ellison his Deputy — and is currently touring the nation with Sanders at his side. But CNN reports that there may still be a long way to go:
From the “Come Together and Fight Back” tour's kickoff rally in Maine on Monday, Democrats witnessed that old habits die hard.
When the leader of the Maine Young Democrats asked the crowd what brought them to the rally, the audience erupted in “Bernie” cheers.
The leader followed up by asking, “Maybe you came through because you are curious about the new DNC chairman and the future of Democratic politics?” — and the crowd cut her off with boos.
Things moved downhill quickly from there.
Perhaps a fitting analogy to the current state of affairs within the Democratic Party — a recent MSNBC interview showed a hanging American flag come crashing to the floor behind Perez as he spoke about the party's attempts to come together and move on.