(SL) – As reported by the Daily Mail, US Democrats have elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.
Members of the Democratic National Committee picked Perez on the second round of voting after one of the most crowded and competitive party leadership elections in decades.
Perez beat Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who was backed by liberal leader US Senator Bernie Sanders on a 235-200 vote. After he was named chair, Perez picked the runner-up to be deputy chairman in a show of unity.
In a statement Obama said: ‘Congratulations to my friend Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party, and on his choice of Keith Ellison to help him lead it. I’m proud of all the candidates who ran, and who make this great party what it is. What unites our party is a belief in opportunity – the idea that however you started out, whatever you look like, or whomever you love, America is the place where you can make it if you try.
‘Over the past eight years, our party continued its track record of delivering on that promise: growing the economy, creating new jobs, keeping our people safe with a tough, smart foreign policy, and expanding the rights of our founding to every American – including the right to quality, affordable health insurance.
‘That’s a legacy the Democratic Party will always carry forward. I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much.’
Donald Trump attempted to send well wishes Perez’s way but he was shut down quick.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Perez responded shortly afterward:
“Call me Tom. And don’t get too happy. @ keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare,” he tweeted.