Perez asks for Democratic Party staff resignations

Posted March 30, 2017

News, citing multiple unnamed sources, reported on Tuesday that the DNC requested its current staff members to submit letters of resignation.

According to NBC News (who initially broke the story), widespread turnover is common when parties elect new chairmen, but this blanket request for resignations is meant to assist Perez in rebuilding the party from scratch following the shocking defeat of Hillary Clinton last November. The Democrats also failed to come close to taking the Senate, as many had expected, failed to make any significant gains in the House, and their losses in state and local races across the country continued to pile up.

"Together we'll right the ship and get the Democratic Party in a position to take the fight to Donald Trump and the Republican Party and win, " Perez said in a March 15 announcement.

The new hires to replace outgoing staff are being guided by a Transition Advisory Committee consisting of about 30 members.

Perez's spokeswoman told the network that the process was started before Perez was elected, adding that he sought to ready the DNC for future elections. The committee is chaired by Leah Daughtry, CEO of the 2016 national convention in Philadelphia.

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Former Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was ousted as the party struggled from the primary election cycle to the general with their nominee Hillary Clinton.

"What we're trying to do is culture change", Perez told NBC News.

But some who supported Ellison were frustrated by Perez's victory, believing it served to further alienate progressives within the party.

It's no secret this past year the DNC has had its fair share of scandals and crisis, and according to NBC News, "the mass resignation letters will give Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC's headquarters from scratch".

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