Jaime Harrison Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair

Today, ahead of the DNC vote in Atlanta, Jaime Harrison endorsed Tom Perez citing that Tom can bring progressive change and is committed to helping state parties. Tom issued the statement statement below following Jaime's letter to DNC members, which is included in full below. 

"Every person who knows Jaime Harrison will say he is one of the smartest, most dedicated, and genuine leaders we know," said Tom Perez. "Simply put, he's one of a kind. Jaime's commitment to the party is like no other and I'm proud to have his support as we both work together to invest in state parties, turnaround the DNC, and get back to winning. Over the last year, from campaigning for Democrats in South Carolina to running our own campaigns for Chair, Jaime and I have grown close through our shared commitment to turning our party around through organizing and communicating our values of inclusion and opportunity.  I couldn't be prouder to have him by my side in this race for DNC chair.  If elected chair, I will work with Jaime and others who are running for chair to bring our party together because it will take every one of us to unite a party that is suffering from a crisis of confidence and relevance.  I hope you will join Jaime and I as we stand united to make the Democratic Party the strongest it has ever been."

Jamie Harrison sent the following email to DNC members:

 

My Fellow Democrats:

I decided to run for DNC Chair because we need to rebuild the Democratic Party in every community in America.  We need to transform our Party from just being a political organization looking for votes every two or four years and become a community organization working in our neighborhoods addressing day-to-day issues faced by middle and working class voters.  We have to rebuild every State Party so that we can compete in every state and territory.  We have to stop ignoring and start investing in building a long term strategy to win in red states like my beloved South Carolina. 

Last night's CNN debate presented a tremendous opportunity to make my case to the Democrats domestically and across the globe.  I am grateful for the overwhelmingly positive feedback from emails, calls, and tweets about the debate.  Nonetheless, this is an election where victory is secured by garnering 224 votes out of 447.  In a former job, I whipped votes for House Democrats.  I know what a path to victory looks like.  Despite strong performances at the debate and DNC regional forums, the votes are simply not there for me to secure victory on Saturday.  But this election is not about the individuals in the race; it is about unifying and rebuilding our Democratic Party.

Therefore, today, I am ending my campaign for DNC Chair, but I am more confident than ever that our Party will come back strong.  I am confident because I have seen tremendous progressive energy all across our country and the commitment of State Party leaders to channel this energy into winning elections.  I am confident because of the amazing Democratic talent running for various positions at the DNC, including a field of stellar candidates for DNC Chair.

In particular, I am confident because we have a candidate for DNC Chair who can unite the Democratic Party behind the goal of enacting progressive change, a candidate who can take the fight to Donald Trump and rebuild our Party infrastructure, and a candidate whom I, as a voting member of the DNC, am proud to support: Tom Perez.

Tom and I have dedicated our careers to helping people through public service.  Through hard work and perseverance, we have both lived the American Dream, and we are both committed to enacting the progressive policies that are needed for all Americans to have the opportunities that we had.  We both know that in the age of Trump and the rubber-stamp Republicans, the only way to enact the progressive change we need is to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.  We both know that to make this happen, our Party organization needs to be rebuilt from the grassroots up in every single ZIP Code, with all of our State Parties (including Territories and Democrats Abroad) playing a central role.  Tom will get this job done.

Tom Perez has brought integrity, passion, and tenacity to every job he’s ever had.  I have had a front-row seat to these qualities in the many debates and forums we have participated in.  These qualities are why Barack Obama and Joe Biden trusted him to spearhead an economic agenda that brought us out of the recession.  They are why Eric Holder trusted him to enforce our civil rights and voting rights laws so that everyone is treated equally under the law and has access to the ballot box.  And they are why I trust Tom to lead the Democratic turnaround as Chair of the DNC.

With so much at stake, our next Chair will lead the fight of a generation.  We must all fight side by side.  I’m standing by Tom Perez’s side, and I hope you will join me in doing the same.

If we stand together with Tom, we'll rebuild the Democratic Party, win up and down the ballot in every state across the country, and enact a 21st century progressive agenda.

Sincerely,

Jaime Harrison

 

Women Chairs of DNC Groups Endorse Tom Perez

Four chairs of DNC caucuses and councils today announced their support for Tom Perez. Tom has long been a fighter for progressive causes and has a track record of building diverse teams where everyone is invited to the table. As DNC chair, Tom would do the same by creating an inclusive, transparent organization to support Democrats everywhere in the fights ahead.

Bel Leong-Hong, Chair of the DNC's Asian American and Pacific Islanders Caucus: 

"I have spent the past few months listening closely to candidates to find the leader of the DNC who can lead us to victory this entire cycle, one who has the strongest vision to build a diverse, inclusive DNC in the years to come. I believe I found that leader in Tom Perez.  I believe that Tom Perez is the best, most qualified candidate to do just that. Tom is committed to ensuring the DNC not only listens to diverse voices from all states and territories, but will include the diverse members of the DNC in rebuilding the organization and elect Democrats everywhere." 

Iris Martinez, Chair of the DNC's Hispanic Caucus:

"Tom's story is the American Dream, and he knows that the American Dream for so many is at stake with Donald Trump as our president. That is why he is running for chair. He knows that in order to fight back against Trump and Republicans, we must unite as Democrats.  He knows that we can't just organize at a church every 4th October, we must organize 12 months a year.  And he understands that diversity is our strength and that Latinos must have a seat at the table. Tom knows how to take on the big fights and win, and he's taken on these fights on behalf of progressives his entire life.  These are all the reasons why I'm supporting him.  Tom has what it takes to be our next chair and I'm proud to support him as the first Latino chair to lead the DNC."

Lottie Shackelford, Chair of the DNC's Women's Caucus: 

"Women are the heart and soul of the resistance against Donald Trump and his anti-woman administration, and we need a partner at the DNC. We need a partner who will ensure we have a strong voice within the party and the resources necessary to mobilize, organize, and win elections — from school boards to U.S. Senate. Tom Perez is that partner and I am proud to endorse his candidacy for DNC Chair."

Betty Richie, Chair of the DNC Rural Council and Secretary of the Women's Caucus:

"I've spent time with Tom Perez and what I've seen is that he is a man of integrity and someone who is truly committed to giving 100% to turning our party around.  Our party has abandoned rural areas for far too long and that was in part what cost us the elections. We need a DNC chair who is committed to listening to voters and communicating our message to both urban and rural areas, and Tom is committed to doing that.  I support Tom because his every zip code strategy is exactly what we need right now."

Opinion: Win or Lose, I Will Work to Unite the Democratic Party 

By Tom Perez for NBC News

From the start of our campaign for DNC chair, we've asked ourselves and our fellow Democrats a simple but fundamental question: How do we come together as a team to rebuild our party and fight Donald Trump? 

The Democratic party is a big and diverse tent. But my mentor Ted Kennedy often said, "What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us." As Democrats, we don't just share common views on issues - we are united by common values: inclusion, opportunity, justice, equality. 

But today those core values are under attack. Immigrants are being torn apart from their families. Workers' rights and women's rights are under siege. Millions are at risk of losing their health coverage. 

Across the country, Donald Trump and Republicans have targeted our most vulnerable communities and threatened to turn back the clock on decades of progress. 

We're the only line of defense they've got, and they're counting on us to succeed. Those struggling for opportunity want Democrats to fight for them, not against each other. 

Those living in the shadows want Democrats to stand up to the Republican agenda, not splinter off into competing silos. For these families, a united Democratic party isn't a luxury - it's a necessity. 

Those aren't just talking points. Over the last three months, my campaign has already begun forging that unity by bringing together people from all wings of our party. Our staff have worked for Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton and President Obama, and we've earned support from people on all sides of last year's Democratic primary. 

In shaping an inclusive vision for our party, I've also traveled the country to hear directly from folks in every corner of our big tent. Earlier this month, I embarked on a rural listening tour through Wisconsin and Kansas to hear from voters about how we can earn back the trust of their communities. And on Monday night, I met with Democrats in Seattle — both supporters and non-supporters alike — to talk about how our party can join with young activists to be at the forefront of some of our toughest battles - from raising wages to cracking down on police misconduct. These conversations are necessary.

When it comes to building unity, this isn't my first rodeo. I decided to run my campaign the same way I've taken on challenges my whole career — by listening to people, bridging divisions and bringing everyone to the table. 

That's why I was President Obama's first call when he needed someone to resolve major disputes at Verizon and the West Coast Ports, and why I've worked with Democrats throughout the country to bring about progressive change. I've worked hand in hand with Elizabeth Warren to protect the retirement of millions of Americans. I've worked with Bernie Sanders to highlight companies that treat their workers fairly. And I've worked under President Obama to protect the right to vote, enforce our civil rights laws, and make economic opportunity a reality. 

So no matter who wins in Atlanta, my first priority will be to help unite our party around the values of inclusion and opportunity. And if I have the privilege of being elected chair, I promise to make sure everyone's voice is heard because I believe that everyone in this race has so much to offer when rebuilding our party. 

We can't afford to leave anyone on the sidelines; we need their ideas, their experience, and their energy to build the best party we can be. As chair, I'll facilitate the tough conversations we need to have about how to move our party forward, and I'll work each and every day to be a leader for all Democrats. 

If the party chooses one of the other great Democrats in this race, I will be as ready as ever to fight alongside them. In fact, I will join the next chair on a unity tour across the country, so we can begin building our team and fighting together to protect the values we all share. 

With so much at stake, there's nothing Donald Trump would love more than for Democrats to fall apart. We will not give him that satisfaction. What we will do is rally around our common values. Because a united Democratic team is both our best strategy and Donald Trump's worst nightmare. 

I've often said that this is a "where were you moment," and I'm ready to work with everyone to unite the Democratic team against Donald Trump and the Republican agenda. 

That's my commitment — win or lose. 

Tom Perez is the former Secretary of Labor under Pres. Barack Obama.

Florida Democrats Endorse Tom Perez

The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida (DHCF) today announced the organization's endorsement of Tom Perez for DNC chair. In a separate announcement, Florida DNC member John Ramos, also personally endorsed Tom. Both statements are included below.

Statement of John Ramos, Florida DNC Member:

"I am proud to announce my personal support of Tom Perez for DNC chair to be the first latino leader to run the Democratic Party. I did my due diligence to listen to every candidate and hear their vision and plans for the DNC. Here in Florida we know all too well the ups and downs of elections in our state. In order for the Democratic Party to win again here and across the country, we need strong leadership at the top of the DNC. Tom is a proven coalition builder who will deliver an inclusive message of opportunity for everyday Americans and translate those progressive values into votes. I look forward to standing with him in Atlanta this weekend."

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE DEMOCRATIC HISPANIC CAUCUS OF FLORIDA ENDORSES

TOM PEREZ

February 21, 2017 – The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida (DHCF) has endorsed Tom Perez as DNC Chair.  His leadership experience as the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights is needed to lead our Democratic Party.

"In speaking as the President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, the entire DHCF Executive Board has voted and is proud to support Mr. Perez as the first Latino DNC Chair.  Tom's perspective and powerful life story will be assets in the fight ahead, standing up to the Trump Administration and expanding our party's big tent.  In our experience, our party can only succeed when the stakeholders involved are as diverse as possible.  Tom will create an inclusive DNC and speak to everyone who shares our values of opportunity to get our party winning in Florida and across the country.

"We are assured, therefore, that the Democratic Party now requires the true values of inclusion and validate our full support to Tom Perez as Chairman of the DNC."

Respectfully,

Florida Democratic Hispanic Caucus

John A. Ramos, DHCF President

 

Demócratas de Florida Democrats apoyan a Tom Pérez

El Caucus Hispano Demócrata de Florida (DHCF, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció hoy el apoyo de esta organización a Tom Perez para dirigir el DNC. En un anuncio separado, el miembro del Comité Nacional Demócrata por Florida, John Ramos, personalmente también apoyó a Pérez. Ambas declaraciones se encuentran a continuación.

Declaración de John Ramos, Miembro del DNC por Florida:

“Me enorgullece anunciar mi apoyo personal a Tom Pérez para presidente del DNC para ser el primer líder latino en dirigir al Partido Demócrata. Me tomé la tarea de escuchar a cada uno de los candidatos y sus planes para el DNC. En Florida conocemos bien los altos y bajos de las elecciones en nuestro estado y, para que el Partido Demócrata pueda ganar de nuevo aquí y en todo el país, necesitamos un liderazgo sólido en la cabeza del DNC. Tom es un constructor de coaliciones comprobado que dará un mensaje inclusivo para todas las personas y traducirá esos valores progresistas en votos. Espero ansioso estar a su lado en Atlanta este fin de semana.”

PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA

EL CAUCUS HISPANO DEMÓCRATA DE FLORIDA APOYA AL SECRETARIO TOM PEREZ

21 de Febrero, 2017 – El Caucus Hispano Demócrata de Florida (DHCF, por sus siglas en inglés) apoya a Tom Perez para dirigir el DNC. Su liderazgo y experiencia como ex-Secretario de Trabajo y Asistente en Derechos Civiles al Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos es necesario para liderar al Partido Demócrata. 

“Al hablar como el presidente del Caucus Hispano Demócrata de Florida, toda la Junta Ejecutiva del DHCF ha votado para apoyar al Sec. Pérez a ser el primer Latino en presidir el DNC. Su perspectiva y poderosa historia personal serán de gran beneficio en la lucha que tenemos por delante, estando de pié frente a la administración Trump y expandiendo nuestra organización. En nuestra experiencia, nuestro partido tiene éxito cuando quienes están involucrados son tan diversos como sea posible. Tom creará un DNC inclusivo y hablará a todos los que comparten nuestros valores de las oportunidades de hacer que nuestro partido gane de nuevo en Florida y en todo el país. 

“Estamos seguros de que lo que necesita ahora el Partido Demócrata son los valores de inclusión y validamos nuestro completo apoyo a Tom Pérez para presidir el DNC.”

Respetuosamente,

Caucus Hispano Demócrata de Florida

John A. Ramos, Presidente

Former Congressman Tony Coelho Endorses Tom Perez

Former Congressman Tony Coelho today formally endorsed Tom Perez for DNC Chair ahead of the DNC Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. In his announcement, Coelho cited Tom's commitment to building a strong, inclusive organization that will get Democrats winning again. 

“I am thrilled to have Congressman Tony Coelho’s support," said Tom Perez. "The architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act has always been a fighter for everyday Americans, as well as someone who hasn’t let anything hold him back in life. I know I will need his knowledge and expertise if I am given the privilege of serving as DNC chair on how to support Democrats from the local to the federal level, protect President Obama’s accomplishments, and fight for progressive values.”

Statement of Congressman Tony Coelho, DNC Member At-Large and Chair of the DNC Disability Council

“Democrats have always fought for inclusion and opportunity, but in recent years we have failed to translate our values into votes. In the race for leadership of the Democratic Party, we are blessed with some impressive candidates, but one stands out as a longtime champion of working families and people with disabilities: Tom Perez. Over the many years in which I’ve known Tom, I have seen him take on fight after fight on behalf of vulnerable Americans and win. At the Justice Department, Tom enforced the Olmstead decision that kept Americans with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized; at the Labor Department, he supported the millions of workers with disabilities putting more people on a pathway to the middle class. 

“I’ve been consistently impressed with how Tom has run his campaign with a positive, inclusive message of opportunity for all Americans. For example, at the DNC, he would provide training to help members with disabilities become more active and run for office and would better ensure that all people, regardless of disability, can easily attend and participate in party activities.

“As current chair of the DNC’s disability caucus and as former chairman of Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign and the DCCC, I know that Tom has the messaging and organizational expertise we need. Our party sorely needs him and I am proud to endorse Tom as the next DNC chair.”

Boilermakers International Endorses Tom Perez

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB) today endorsed Tom Perez for DNC chair, becoming the sixth AFL-CIO affiliate to do so. Boilermakers International President Newtown B. Jones cited Tom's unique ability to rebuild the party and jump start a new direction for Democrats. 

This endorsement arrives just days before Democrats descend in Atlanta to elect a new DNC chair. The Boilermakers International join five AFL-CIO affiliates, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in endorsing Tom based on his record of delivering results for working people across the nation. The full IBB endorsement is included below.

 

Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones issues statement endorsing Tom Perez for Chairman of the Democratic Party

KANSAS CITY, KS, Feb. 20, 2017 — Newton B. Jones, President of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC, today issued the following statement supporting the candidacy of Tom Perez for Chairman of the Democratic Party. 

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC supports Tom Perez for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The 2016 election made clear the need for new leadership and a new direction for the Democratic Party. Too many American workers, both union and nonunion, believed their concerns were not heard. The priority for these voters was, and always will be, jobs. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party failed to deliver a coherent and positive message that addressed job creation and job security.

Tom Perez has a unique opportunity to rebuild the party that, historically, has had a strong tradition of supporting the American middle class. As Secretary of Labor, he fought hard to ensure safe working conditions, to protect the rights of workers to join unions and collectively bargain, and to enforce the nation’s wage and hour laws. His tenure at DOL demonstrated a true understanding of the problems that working men and women face every day.

We feel confident that Tom Perez, with his many years of public service at the Department of Justice and at the Department of Labor, will bring the right mix of leadership, values and vision as well as the administrative skills necessary to reconnect the Democratic Party with middle-class Americans, who deserve a strong voice both in the workplace and in the political arena.

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC is a diverse union representing workers throughout the United States and Canada. Boilermakers are employed in field construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing, railroads, cement, mining, and related industries. www.boilermakers.org

 

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair

Today, Robert McEllrath, International President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), endorses Tom Perez for DNC chair citing that he is a skilled problem solver and his commitment to working families.  McEllrath joins a broad group of labor leaders and unions who support Tom Perez, including the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and the United Farm Workers.  

“The next DNC chair needs to put the concerns of working families first, and my personal experience with Tom Perez showed me that he is a skilled problem solver who is committed to America’s working families,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “Tom Perez helped the ILWU at a critical time in our negotiations, and working with him gave me the opportunity to see firsthand that he is hardworking, trustworthy, and a straight shooter – all qualities I admire. I maintain the utmost respect for all of the other progressives who have stepped up to run for DNC Chair, especially Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota. But my personal experience seeing Tom Perez work hard to solve problems for my union’s membership is what makes this the right decision for me.”

“I’m honored to have the support of Bob McEllrath, someone who has spent decades fighting for workers and working families,” said Tom Perez.  “Bob and I worked hand in hand throughout the years and during the West Coast ports dispute to reach a conclusion that was fair to both sides. I’m proud to have him by my side as we work together to unite the party, communicate our values of economic opportunity, and fight for progressive causes across the country.”

Tom Perez Statement on Trump's Deportation Force


Following the Associated Press' reporting that the Trump Administration is considering sending National Guard troops to "round up undocumented immigrants," Tom Perez issued this statement: 

"Donald Trump's deportation force is inhumane and against American values.  Instead of deploying 100,000 troops on American soil to pick up children outside of schools, round up abuelita and abuelito, and tear apart innocent families, Donald Trump should look within his own White House for the actual threats to our nation.

"Even the suggestion that President Trump may use our National Guard to round up families stokes fear and rips apart the fabric of our nation - a nation of immigrants. These are innocent families who want nothing more than a better life and the freedoms that our country offers. These are children who only know America as their home. These are parents who fear every day that they will be deported from their children. We can't and won't stand for Trump's bigotry towards immigrants and the Latino community. We will continue to organize, we will continue to march, and we will make our voices heard. Donald Trump, you cannot silence us."

 

Tom Perez on Andy Puzder: Another Failure of this Presidency

Tom Perez, candidate for DNC chair and former Secretary of Labor, held a call today to discuss Andrew Puzder pulling his nomination. Tom called the news, "another failure of this presidency" and blasted the Trump Administration for three weeks of chaos that has put America's national security and economic security in jeopardy. 

Highlights from the call are included below and the full audio recording is attached.

“I understand that he got out because...he’s ‘tired of the abuse.’ I’ll tell you who’s tired of the abuse from Mr. Puzder is the American workers. And when you call your workers the ‘the worst of the worst,’ that’s no way to earn or command respect.”

“[President Trump's] nominees have received less vetting than the refugees under his Muslim ban. And I expect this will be the same for the next Labor Secretary nominee. We can’t afford this 'ready -- fire -- aim' method of governance.”

“I think the main lesson of this is we need to keep fighting for our values. We need to keep sending the very clear signal that Mr. President, when you continue to put our nation in harm’s way, when you continue to put our economy in harm’s way, when you continue to fill ‘the swamp’ with more Wall Street cronies -- you’ve got more billionaires than you have people of color in the Cabinet. When you keep doing things that are making it harder for people to make ends meet, we’re going to keep fighting like hell.”

“When you have the likes of Flynn and Breitbart.com in the Situation Room, that scares the hell out of me because they’re unhinged and what I admired about President Obama every single day that I worked with him is that he was a steady hand. And what I observe about this administration with every single day is that they are loose cannons. And a chaos cabinet and a chaos presidency is no way to run the United States of America.”

 

And in case you missed it, here are Tom's recent comments on the nomination. 

[VIDEO] Tom Perez on Smerconish

CNN, 02/11/2017

"I think he is unfit for the office, and here's why: The Labor Department is about protecting workers. It's about lifting their wages. He's a plaintiff in the lawsuit seeking to strike down a very important rule we did that's helping millions of Americans get access to overtime. When you work overtime, you should be paid overtime."

Q & A: Tom Perez Makes His Case

The American Prospect, Justin Miller, 02/15/2017

Trump’s labor secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, has his confirmation hearing on Thursday. Is there anything he could say in that hearing that would convince you he’s a worthy candidate to lead the Labor Department?

"I have a one and a two-word answer to that question. My one word answer would be no. My two-word answer would be hell no.

"You judge people by their words and their actions. And I think his actions have demonstrated that he’s unfit for the job. I must admit, he’s very familiar with the Department of Labor, but his familiarity is borne out of the fact that his company was a frequent flyer in wage and hour investigations. That’s not the type of experience you want for your nominee to head up the agency. We talk about lifting up wages—he helped to lead the effort to sue the Department of Labor when we tried to make sure that when people worked overtime, they got paid overtime. The mission of the department is to help workers. He referred to his own workers as the worst of the worst. You ought to be the moral authority when you’re the Labor Department head and he’s already demonstrated a fairly callous disregard for the law in his own practices. That used to be disqualifying, until the efforts of this administration to normalize ethical lapses, to normalize alternative facts, and we can’t allow that to happen."

Maryland Democratic Party Chairs Publicly Endorse Tom Perez

 

Maryland Democratic Party Chair Bruce Poole along with former Maryland Democratic Party Chairs Michael Cryor, Isiah “Ike” Leggett, and Terry Lierman today publicly endorsed Tom Perez for DNC Chair. Their announcement comes on the heels of this week's endorsement from House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Together the Marylanders issued the following statement:


“Tom Perez's entire career has focused on taking on big fights on behalf of the American people from his time on the Montgomery County Council to his important work at the Justice and Labor Departments. Tom championed progressive causes and focused on the issues that keep families up at night: raising wages; protecting the voting rights of all Americans; combating discriminatory lending; and making sure that every American has the skills they need to succeed.  Tom made history as the Council's first Latino and we hope he makes history again as the first Latino chair of the DNC.

"As former chairs of the Maryland Democratic Party, we know Tom Perez is exactly the sort of changemaker we need at the helm of the DNC. We need someone who has the experience to lead our party, we need someone who knows how to win fights, and we need someone who can listen and implement the ideas of state parties. Tom is the only one who can do this. We are extremely proud to endorse him to be the next DNC Chair."

Bruce Poole, Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
Michael Cryor, Former Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
Isiah "Ike" Leggett, Executive, Montgomery County; Former Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
Terry Lierman, Former Chair, Maryland Democratic Party

 

Former U.S. Attorneys and Justice Department Officials Endorse Tom Perez

More than 50 former U.S. Attorneys and Justice Department officials from across the country today endorsed Tom Perez for DNC Chair. The signers cite Tom's commitment to working on behalf of all Americans writing, "As we have watched the debate about the future of the Democratic Party unfold, it is clear the party would benefit from a leader that doesn’t just talk the talk about a “fifty state strategy” but, more importantly, has a demonstrated ability to walk the walk."

The full letter, which has been sent to DNC voting members, is included below and is attached including all 53 signers. 

 

Dear Voting Members of the DNC,

We write to share our support of Tom Perez as he seeks the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.  We worked with Tom during our tenure as United States Attorneys and Department of Justice Officials, and recommend him unequivocally based on our experience pursuing justice alongside him.

During Tom’s service as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, we proudly worked with him to prosecute civil rights cases across the country; to implement the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act; to protect equal housing opportunity; to ensure schoolchildren are free from discrimination, bullying and harassment; to expand access to employment, housing and educational opportunities by fighting for people with disabilities; to defend and expand Americans’ right to vote; to ensure that communities have effective and accountable policing; to safeguard our service members in the areas of employment, housing, fair lending and voting rights; and to address a wide range of problems affecting Americans, including domestic terrorism, human trafficking, employment discrimination and fair lending. Throughout these efforts, Tom proved himself an outstanding leader in every regard. 

United States Attorneys and Department of Justice officials from districts across the country have signed this letter because we witnessed Tom’s leadership, and his commitment to all areas of our great country— from large urban areas to small, rural counties.  Tom’s dedication to all districts, in all 50 states, evidences his commitment to working for and representing all people in America, regardless of where they live, what they look like, or who they are.  As we have watched the debate about the future of the Democratic Party unfold, it is clear the party would benefit from a leader that doesn’t just talk the talk about a “fifty state strategy” but, more importantly, has a demonstrated ability to walk the walk.  We walked that walk at the Department of Justice with Tom, and we can attest to his unique ability to relate to and bring together people from all walks of life, in every area of this country.  

Having worked directly with Tom as he led the effort to rebuild the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, we know, first hand, of his ability to rebuild a complex organization.  Tom’s record is one of uniting diverse stakeholders, listening to a variety of points of view, and bringing people together to effect needed change.  His ability to build consensus behind a vision was remarkable, his organizational ability in executing that vision was extremely impressive, and his passion was unparalleled.  We were repeatedly impressed by Tom’s commitment to truly listening to a diverse array of perspectives and uniting those various voices behind a common objective.  

The passion, commitment, and ability we all witnessed working with Tom make him uniquely suited to leading the Democratic National Committee at this time.  Tom’s demonstrated abilities would enable him to build and lead the DNC with dedication, integrity, and effectiveness.

Sincerely,

Roy L. Austin, Jr., Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

William J. Baer, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Samuel Bagenstos, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Donald J. Cazayoux, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana

Tristram J. Coffin, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont

Matthew Colangelo, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

James M. Cole, Former Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Stuart F. Delery, Former Acting Associate Attorney General U.S Department of Justice, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division

Steven M. Dettlebach, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio

Laura Duffy, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California

William Conner Eldridge, Jr., Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Arkansas

Robert Booth Goodwin II, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia

Jamie S. Gorelick, Former Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Barry R. Grissom, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas

Javier M. Guzman, Former Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Melinda Haag, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of California

Kerry B. Harvey, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Kentucky

Timothy J. Heaphy, Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Virginia

David J. Hickton, Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania

Dwight Holton, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon

William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia

Brendan Johnson, Former U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota

William C. Killian, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Tennessee

Loretta King, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Iowa

James A. Lewis, Former U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois

Emily Loeb, Former Associate Counsel, Office of the White House Counsel

Ronald C. Machen, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia

Pamela C. Marsh, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Florida

Jerry E. Martin, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Former U.S. Attorney, Central District of California

Bernard Melekian, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Community Oriented Policing Services

Zane Memeger, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Matthew Miller, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

Michael Moore, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Georgia

Bill Nettles, Former U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina

David W. Ogden, Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Matthew G. Olsen, Former Associate Deputy Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

Carmen M. Ortiz, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts

Deval L. Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Timothy Q. Purdon, Former U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota

Ripley Rand, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of North Carolina

Leon Rodriguez, Former Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Jocelyn Samuels, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Tracy Schmaler, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

Victoria Schultz, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Anne M. Tompkins, Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of North Carolina

Joyce Vance, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Alabama

Benjamin B. Wagner, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California

John Walsh, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado

Ronald Weich, Former Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice

Stephen R. Wigginton, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Illinois

Stephanie Yonekura, Former Acting U.S. Attorney, Central District of California

Former Attorney General Eric Holder Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair

Former Attorney General Eric Holder today announced his endorsement of Tom Perez for DNC Chair. Tom Perez also issued a statement in response to the major endorsement. 

Statement of former Attorney General Eric Holder: 

"As we’ve seen since the inauguration, there is much at stake for our nation, and our democracy and our party.  We need a DNC chair who is a proven fighter and a proven uniter. Tom Perez is that person.  

"Tom not only knows how to take on big fights; he wins them. He led the effort against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona on immigration issues, stopped discriminatory voter ID laws, and successfully took on Wall Street in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis. He made opportunity a reality for women, immigrants, and people with the disabilities. 

"Tom fights hard for what he believes in, and I have seen it firsthand.  Tom was an indispensable part of my team at the Department of Justice. It was not simply what he did, but how he did it that was impressive. He turned around the civil rights division by building an inclusive team, building partnerships inside and outside the Department, and empowering everyone with whom he worked.

"I truly have great respect for all of the candidates running for DNC chair, but as we wage an epic battle for the heart and soul of our nation, I strongly believe that Tom Perez is the progressive fighter and change agent we need to lead the Democratic party and to rebuild the party infrastructure in the states. I’m confident Tom is up to the tasks that will confront the next DNC Chair.  I endorse him with great enthusiasm."

 

Statement of Tom Perez: 

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of Eric Holder, a leader in the fight to protect civil rights for all Americans. Throughout his career, Eric has never backed down from a fight -- whether it was refusing to defend DOMA or taking on Arizona's discriminatory SB1070 law or thwarting multiple terror attacks on American soil. I've been there right by his side when tackling some of our country's biggest problems -- and he's not done yet. Eric understands that Republican threats to our nation's voting rights and civil rights are far from over, and that's why he's taking on the task of holding states accountable for discriminatory redistricting plans in order to ensure that all voters can exercise their basic right to vote free from discrimination. He understands more than anyone that we need a fully funded and fully staffed voter empowerment office at the DNC so that we are responding in real time to the games that Republicans will try to play with our democracy. There was no better partner during my time at the Justice Department than Eric, and our party will need his leadership when fighting to defend the values we all believe in."

 

Ex-Fiscal General Eric Holder apoya a Tom Pérez para dirigir el DNC

El ex-Fiscal General Eric Holder anunció hoy su apoyo a Tom Pérez para dirigir el DNC. Tom Pérez se pronunció en respuesta al importante endoso. 

Declaración del ex-Fiscal General Eric Holder:

"Como hemos podido ver desde la toma de posesión, hay mucho en juego para nuestra nación, nuestra democracia y nuestro partido. Necesitamos alguien al frente del DNC que sea un luchador y unificador comprobado. Tom Pérez es esa persona. 

"Tom no sólo sabe enfrentarse a grandes peleas, sino a ganarlas también. Él lideró esfuerzos contra del Sheriff Joe Arpaio de Arizona en temas de inmigración, detuvo leyes discriminatorias de requerimiento de identificaciones a electores y se enfrentó exitosamente a Wall Street tras la crisis inmobiliaria. Él abrió oportunidades reales para las mujeres, inmigrantes y personas con discapacidad.

"Tom lucha fuertemente en lo que cree y he sido testigo de ello. Tom fue parte indispensable de mi equipo en el Departamento de Justicia. No fue solamente lo que hizo, sino cómo lo hizo lo que resulta impresionante. Le dio un vuelco la división de derechos civiles al construir un equipo inclusivo, forjando alianzas dentro y fuera del Departamento y empoderando a quienes trabajaron con el. 

"Sinceramente tengo gran respeto por todos los candidatos aspirando a dirigir el DNC, pero al enfrentarnos a una batalla sin precedente por el corazón y alma de nuestra nación, creo profundamente que Tom Pérez es el luchador progresista y agente de cambio que necesitamos para liderar el Partido Demócrata y reconstruir la infraestructura del los partidos en los estados. Confío que Tom esta listo para afrontar las responsabilidades que el próximo presidente del DNC tendrá. Lo apoyo con gran entusiasmo." 

 

Declaraciones de Tom Pérez:

"Me honra recibir el apoyo de Eric Holder, un líder en la lucha de la protección de los derechos civiles de todos los estadounidenses. A lo largo de su carrera Eric nunca le ha dado la espalda a grandes peleas, ya sea negándose a defender la Ley de Defensa del Matrimonio (DOMA, por sus siglas en inglés) ó enfrentándose a la discriminatoria Ley SB1070 de Arizona, así como frustrando múltiples ataques terroristas en suelo estadounidenses. He estado a su lado cuando ha afrontado alguno de los problemas más grandes de nuestro país y aún no se da por vencido. Eric entiende que las amenazas republicanas de nuestros derechos como votantes y derechos civiles están muy lejos de terminar y es por eso que se ha dedicado a hacer responsables a los estados por la práctica discriminatoria de modificar los distritos, para asegurarse que todos los electores puedan ejercer su derecho libres de discriminación. Él entiende más que nadie que necesitamos un departamento con un presupuesto y personal completo para empoderar el voto desde el DNC y para responder en tiempo real a los juegos que los republicanos tratarán de hacerle a nuestra democracia. No tuve un mejor aliado durante mi tiempo al servicio del Departamento de Justicia que Eric y nuestro partido necesitará su liderazgo para defender los valores en los que todos creemos.” 

 

 

Tom Perez Statement on President Trump's Latest Actions to Loosen Wall Street Regulations

Following President Donald Trump's announcement that he would begin to roll back important regulations on the financial industry, including the Conflicts of Interest Rule, Tom Perez issued this statement:

"Plain and simple: By threatening to eliminate the conflict of interest rule, Donald Trump is ripping away $17 billion a year from working Americans and putting it in the hands of Wall Street.  They know this is a giveaway to rich bankers: Trump's own economic policy director, who went straight to the White House from Goldman Sachs, said today he wanted to restore "unhealthy" options to the retirement marketplace.

"This rule stands for the simple proposition that financial advisors must act in the best interest of the consumer when giving retirement advice. It's really that simple.  Wall Street spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying against the conflict of interest rule but today, they have a friend in the White House to do their dirty work.  It was Trump's billionaire Wall Street friends who sat with him today during his announcement and who, in Trump's own words, will benefit most from these actions.   

"President Trump must now answer this question: Why are you putting the profits of Wall Street over the best interests of millions of working Americans? 

"In the name of middle class workers saving for retirement, families buying their first home, and millions of Americans still recovering from the housing crash, we cannot let Goldman Sachs write the rules for our country. 

"Today's action is yet another promise broken and only we can stop it by standing up to President Trump. Americans have not let up on Trump's harmful agenda thus far, and we cannot back down now. I will continue to fight like hell to help protect American workers from bullies like Trump because our country is better than this."

​ Bricklayers International Union Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair

Five AFL-CIO Affiliates Have Now Endorsed Tom

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) today became the fifth AFL-CIO affiliate union to endorse Tom Perez for DNC Chair. Tom has also secured the support of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), and the United Farm Workers (UFW)

 

"I'm proud to have the endorsement of the bricklayers and their members as we work to rebuild the Democratic party," said Tom Perez. "Together, we will fight for American workers and speak to our party's big tent. Right now, Democrats need a leader who knows how to run a complex organization and who can turn things around.  I look forward to continuing my decades-long work of fighting for what's right and standing side by side with the bricklayers and other AFL-CIO affiliates in our fight to protect our values."

 

BAC President James Boland: 

 

“BAC is proud to endorse Tom Perez for DNC chair. Tom understands how to take on decades-long, difficult fights and win. For over a century, our members have been suffering from silicosis, a debilitating and deadly disease, after overexposure to silica in the workplace. The rule to limit exposure to silica - and save lives - had been over 80 years in the making but was stalled time and time again. It was Tom Perez who stood up to special interests and did what was right for workers across the nation by seeing this critical rulemaking to fruition. Tom understands the importance of good jobs, fair wages, and workplace protections that keep our members safe and healthy. Tom has stood beside us for tough fights before and we know he'll continue to do so as DNC chair.”

 

Tom Perez Statement Honoring Black History Month

Today Tom Perez issued the following statement commemorating Black History Month:

"From long before our nation’s founding through President Obama’s two terms in the White House, African Americans have made invaluable contributions to our country. This month, we pause to reflect on those accomplishments and the progress we’ve made while also recognizing the work we must still do to realize our founding principles.

"As a nation, we best honor the legacy of generations past by recommitting ourselves to the enduring fight for racial justice in all aspects of public and private life. Now more than ever, we must fight to protect the gains we've made and reinforce progressive coalitions to advance our fight.

"We honor the work of heroes like Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis by fighting to expand access to the ballot box and by combatting voter suppression efforts.

"We honor the work of fighters like Dorothy Height and Anna Arnold Hedgeman by fighting for economic justice and combatting continued discrimination in education, housing, lending, hiring practices and health care.

"We honor the lives of Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and countless others by asserting that Black lives matter and advocating for policies that reflect as much.

"We honor the generations of men and women subjected to slavery by another name by confronting a criminal justice system that continues to discriminate against and profit from people of color every single day. 

"So while we rightly celebrate this month, we should remain committed to fighting for an America that lives up to its founding principles. It's our civic duty to do so."

​ Former Vice President Joe Biden Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair

Former Vice President Joe Biden today announced his endorsement of Tom Perez for DNC Chair. Tom Perez also issued a statement in response to the major endorsement.

Statement of former Vice President Joe Biden Endorsing Tom Perez for DNC Chair:

"I’ve known Tom Perez for a long time. He’s a man of integrity and vision. And he knows what it means to be a Democrat—that we are a party that fights for economic fairness for working families and believes that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or who they love.

"And with Tom, it’s personal, as it’s always been for me. He’s never forgotten where he comes from and he’s anchored by a fundamental optimism in our country and the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if given just a fair chance.

"I’ve seen it the last eight years as he served as the nation’s top civil rights lawyer and as our Secretary of Labor. He’s stood up for workers, immigrants, and Americans living with disabilities. He’s fought for fair housing and protected the sacred right to vote. We’ve partnered together to help folks get the skills they need for good-paying, middle-class jobs. Most of all—Tom knows how to talk to people, not down to them. He knows how to explain why our party’s core beliefs matter to the immigrant family in Arizona and the coal miner in West Virginia. That matters.

"We have a lot of good people vying for this important job. But I do think for this moment and in this time, Tom Perez is our best bet to help bring the party back. I’ve watched him work. I think I know his heart. That’s why I endorse him as the next Chairman of the DNC."

Statement of Tom Perez:

"I am honored to have the support of former Vice President Joe Biden, a personal hero of mine who has made expanding opportunity his life's work. Whether it's because of his work helping Americans living in the shadows, his relentless support for the middle class, or his tireless efforts advancing progressive fights and raising money for state parties, Biden is the pride of the Democratic Party.

"Working alongside Biden was one of the great honors of my career. I was able to witness first hand his tenacity in fighting for what is right. And today I am proud to have my friend, Biden as a partner in on ongoing fight to turn around the Democratic Party. 

"Rebuilding the DNC from the ground up will require resources and time, and no one has given more of both to strengthen state parties than Biden. His commitment to the grassroots of our party is evident. He understand their needs and knows the urgency of increasing local investment to get our party winning again."

 

 

 

Tom Perez Statement on Judge Neil Gorsuch

Following President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States, Tom Perez issued this statement:

"I always say that past is prologue, and today President Donald Trump proved that theory true when he announced a nominee just as extreme and divisive as his past 12 days in office. President Trump’s selection of Judge Gorsuch to serve a lifetime term on our nation’s highest court only further cements what we’ve witnessed over the first 12 days of his administration: that he doesn’t give a damn about upholding the Constitution.

"Judge Gorsuch has already led the attack on women’s reproductive health from the bench and would eagerly overturn Roe v. Wade if confirmed. He has an abysmal record on protecting citizens from police brutality and would seriously jeopardize bipartisan efforts toward criminal justice reform. He would similarly dismantle the gains we’ve made for LGBT Americans and serve as a reliable vote in favor of voter suppression on the high court.  In short, a Justice Gorsuch would discriminate against a majority of Americans from the bench. This alone is disqualifying.

"And just yesterday, Donald Trump demonstrated that what he’s most concerned with is putting in place sycophants who can’t be trusted to hold him accountable when he breaks the law and violates the Constitution. We should expect nothing less from his judicial nominees.

"Simply put, a Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court is intolerable and it’s up to Democrats to block his nomination.

"As I’ve said before, we need to afford Donald Trump the same level of cooperation Mitch McConnell afforded President Obama. That starts with making sure that Judge Gorsuch never sits on the Supreme Court."
 

Tom Perez Statement on U.S. DOJ's Announcement

Following the letter from Acting Attorney General Sally Yates to Justice Department staff stating she will not defend President Donald Trump's shameful immigration ban, Tom Perez issued this statement: 

"For nearly three decades, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has served Presidents of both parties, defending the Constitution and holding terrorists and other criminals accountable. Acting Attorney General Yates’s record is simply beyond reproach – that’s why she was confirmed with strong bi-partisan support.

"The fact is that Acting Attorney General Yates, and every law enforcement official and credible attorney, knows Trump’s Muslim ban is illegal. The Acting Attorney General is standing up to this dangerous executive order that goes against everything we stand for as a country and only puts more American lives at risk. We’re fortunate to have such dedicated public servants across the federal government who are committed to doing the right thing. 

"Her independence and commitment to upholding the Constitution is exactly what our country lacks if the Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions. We’ve got to fight like hell to prevent that from happening."

 

Texans Endorse Tom Perez Ahead of Houston Forum

As Democrats arrive in Houston, Texas for for the second of four Future Forums hosted by the Democratic National Committee, Team Tom announced six Texans endorsing Tom Perez for the next DNC chair. These endorsements come on the heels of support from unions including just-announced United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) and United Brotherhood of Carpenters, as well as endorsements from state and local leaders from across the country. 

"As we arrive in Houston for the second DNC Future Forum, I'm honored to receive endorsements from Texans fighting to strengthen our party and win more seats up and down the ballot," said Tom Perez. "It is more apparent than ever that we need to make fundamental changes at the DNC to get back to basics and fortify our state parties, not just use them as ATM machines. And as Texans know all too well, well also need to be creative and aggressive about battling voter suppression efforts that strip Americans of their fundamental right to vote. That's why I am proposing a Voter Empowerment Office at the DNC and I look forward to discussing my plan at this weekend's forum."


Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party Chair, DNC Member:

“While Texas made major strides this last cycle and Democrats had a closer margin in the presidential than Iowa, it is clear that the national party needs to rethink their strategy on investments and start paying attention to Texas.  Tom Perez understands the complex challenges we have in Texas and understands the national party needs to make investments instead of treating Texas as an ATM machine.  Tom is a friend, and if he's elected chair, he will speak to the broad tent of the party and has the experience to turnaround large complex organizations.  Tom is my pick for chair because Texas needs him."


Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX34):

“The Democratic Party needs a dramatic turn around, and I can’t think of anyone better to lead our comeback than Tom Perez.

“Tom has spent his entire career taking on and winning the toughest progressive fights, including many right here in Texas. When Texas Republicans tried to push their blatantly discriminatory gerrymandering, Tom was there to help us fight back. When Texas Republicans tried to target communities of color with voter suppression laws, Tom was there to help us fight back.

“With Donald Trump in Washington and Greg Abbott in Austin, we need Tom more than ever.”


Celina Vasquez, DNC Member and Founder, Texas Latinas List:

"Ahead of the DNC Future Forum in Houston, I proudly endorse Tom Perez for the next DNC chair and the first Latino to lead the Democratic Party. As an educator and the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, I am looking for someone who is ready to fight the Trump administration while also rebuilding our ground game so Democrats can win up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond. His experience running complex organizations that have a footprint in all 50 state and the territories, coupled with his career as a civil and labor rights champion, make Tom best suited to be that leader. He will get us back to basics as a party and continue to lift up all voices along the way."


Jose Rodriguez, Texas State Senator (D-29) and DNC Member:

"Soon, Texas Democrats will vote for our future DNC Chair to lead our party. Our future leader should fight for our progressive values, stand up to the Trump Administration, and inspire our diversified base. For those reasons, I am endorsing Tom Perez for DNC Chair. 

"From the very start, Tom has proven that he knows how to put in the hard work and tackle even the most seemingly impossible jobs. He has shown time and again that he isn't afraid to take on the biggest and hardest challenges to get real results for Americans. 

"His perseverance, work ethic, and commitment to organizing are exactly what we need in our next DNC Chair."


Annise Parker, former Mayor of Houston, Texas:

"Here in Houston, we’ve worked tirelessly to create a community of opportunity and inclusion. We’ve had to stand up to those who wanted to roll back the progress we’ve made as a city. And with Donald Trump and Mike Pence running things in Washington, we’ll need a fighter like Tom Perez who won't back down.

"Just look what he’s done right here in Texas. From successfully prosecuting hate crimes, to combatting Republican redistricting and voter suppression efforts, Tom Perez has gone to bat for our progressive values time and again. If the Democratic Party is going to make a comeback here in Texas and across the country, Tom Perez will be the one to lead it."


Rodney Ellis, County Commissioner, Harris County Precinct One:

"We’ve been fighting like hell here in Texas to make Democratic gains, but what we’ve needed is a true organizer. That’s exactly who Tom Perez is and it’s exactly why I’m proud to endorse him to serve as the next chair of the DNC. Like me, Tom Perez has served at every level, so he knows what it takes to build a coalition from the ground up.  We’ve already made progress here in Harris County. With Tom Perez as DNC chair, we can make the dream of a Democratic Texas a reality."

 

Texanos apoyan a Tom Pérez previo a Foro en Houston

Mientras que los Demócratas llegan a Houston, Texas para el segundo de cuatro Future Forums organizado por el Comité Nacional Demócrata, el 'Equipo Tom' anunció el apoyo de seis texanos a Tom Pérez para presidente del DNC. Estos apoyos se suman a los recibidos de parte de sindicados, incluyendo la Asociación Unida de Jornaleros y Aprendices de la Industria de Plomería y Fontanería (UA) y la Hermandad Unida de Carpinteros, así como el apoyo de líderes locales y estatales de todo el país. 

“Al llegar a Houston para el segundo DNC Future Forum, estoy honrado de recibir el apoyo de Texanos que luchan para fortalecer nuestro partido y ganar mas puestos arriba y abajo en la boleta," señaló Tom Perez. "Resulta más evidente que nu ca que necesitamos realizar cambios fundamentales en el DNC para volver a nuestros inicios y fortalecer nuestros partidos estatales, no sólo utilizarlos como una fuente de recursos. Como muy bien saben los Texanos, también necesitamos ser creativos y agresivos al combatir la supresión de votantes que quita a los estadounidenses su derecho fundamental de votar. Es por eso que propongo una oficina de Empoderamiento del Elector en el DNC y tengo muchas ganas de discutir mi plan en el Foro de este fin de semana”.


Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party Chair, DNC Member:

“Mientras Texas logró avanzar pasos agigantados durante el reciente ciclo electoral y los Demócratas tuvieron un margen mas cercano en la elección presidencial que en Iowa, es claro que el partido necesita reevaluar su estrategia de inversiones y comenzar a prestar atención a Texas. Tom Pérez entiende los complejos retos que tenemos en Texas y entiende que el partido nacional necesita hacer inversiones en vez de tratar al estado como una fuente de recursos. Tom es un amigo, y si es electo presidente, hablará a la amplitud del partido con la experiencia de generar resultados en grandes y complejas organizaciones. Tom es mi elección para presidente porque Texas lo necesita”. 


Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX34):

“El Partido Demócrata necesita un cambio dramático y no puedo pensar de nadie mejor para liderar nuestro retorno que Tom Pérez. 

“Tom ha dedicado su carrera entera haciendo frente y ganando las más difíciles luchas progresivas, incluyendo muchas aquí en Texas. Cuando los Republicanos de Texas trataron de empujar su abiertamente discriminatoria manipulación de distritos, Tom estuvo ahí para contraatacar. Cuando los Republicanos de Texas trataron de enfocarse en comunidades de color con leyes de supresión de votantes, Tom estuvo ahí para ayudarnos a luchar en su contra.

“Con Donald Trump en Washington y Greg Abbott en Austin, necesitamos a Tom más que nunca antes”. 


Celina Vasquez, DNC Member Founder, Texas Latinas List:

“Previo al Foro DNC Future en Houston, orgullosamente respaldo a Tom Pérez para la próxima presidencia del DNC y para ser el primer Latino en liderar al Partido Demócrata. Como una educadora e hija de un inmigrante indocumentado, busco a alguien que esté listo para luchar en contra de la administración Trump mientras reconstruimos nuestras bases para que los Demócratas puedan ganar arriba y abajo en la boleta en el 2017, 2018 y más allá. Su experiencia a cargo de organizaciones complejas, con presencia en los 50 estados y territorios, junto a su carrera como campeón de derechos civiles y laborales hacen de Tom el mas calificado para ser ese líder. El nos llevará a nuestros inicios como partido y continuará levantando todas las voces en el camino”. 


Jose Rodriguez, Texas State Senator (D-29) and DNC Member:

“Pronto los Demócratas de Texas votarán por nuestro futuro presidente del DNC que liderará nuestro partido. Nuestro futuro líder debe pelear por nuestro valores progresistas y resistir a la administración Trump mientras inspira a nuestra diversa base. Por esas razones yo apoyo a Tom Perez para presidente del DNC.

“Desde el inicio, Tom ha demostrado que sabe cómo trabajar duro y enfrentar hasta los más aparentemente imposibles trabajos. El ha mostrado una y otra vez que no teme en enfrentarse a los más grandes y duros retos para darle resultados reales a los estadounidenses. 

“Su perseverancia, ética de trabajo y compromiso de organizar, son exactamente lo que necesitamos como nuestro próximo presidente del DNC”.


Annise Parker, former Mayor of Houston, Texas:

“En Houston hemos luchado con uñas y dientes para crear una comunidad de oportunidades e inclusión. Hemos tenido que hacer frente a quienes han querido retroceder el progreso que hemos logrado como ciudad. Con Donald Trump y Rick Perry tomando decisiones en Washington, necesitaremos a un luchador como Tom Perez que no se de por vencido. 

“Sólo vean lo que ha hecho aquí en Texas. Desde procesar exitosamente crímenes, hasta combatir los esfuerzos republicanos de modificar distritos y suprimir votantes, Tom Perez ha peleado por nuestros valores progresistas una y otra vez. Si el Partido Demócrata desea reaparecer aquí Texas y a través  del país, Tom Pérez será quien nos lidere”. 


Rodney Ellis, County Commissioner, Harris County Precinct One:

“Hemos luchado como nunca en Texas para alcanzar victorias Demócratas, pero lo que necesitamos es un verdadero organizador comunitario. Eso es exactamente quien Tom Pérez es y es exactamente el por qué orgullosamente lo respaldo para servir como el proximo presidente del DNC. Como yo, Tom Pérez ha servido en todos los niveles, por lo que sabe lo que toma construir una coalición desde abajo hasta arriba. Hemos progresado en en el Condado Harris. Con Tom Pérez como presidente del DNC podemos convertir el sueño de una Texas demócrata en realidad”.

Major Construction Union Endorses Perez For DNC Chair

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) announced today that it is supporting former Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“Tom Perez believes in American workers and that in the future of the Democratic Party will once again be the champion of the middle class,” said UA General President Mark McManus in announcing the endorsement. “As Secretary of Labor, he fought hard to protect the rights of workers to join unions and collectively bargain, to enforce the nation’s wage and hour laws – including prevailing wage protections for construction workers – and to ensure safe working conditions. Tom understands the problems that working men and women face each and every day, which is why he has worked so hard to level the playing field, provide greater access to education and skills training, and crack down on employers who cheat workers out of wages. These are top priorities for the UA and for the entire country. I’m confident that Tom will provide the leadership to reach and empower working class Americans as Chair of the DNC.”

“During his Senate confirmation hearing, Tom told the committee that his top priority, if confirmed, would be ‘jobs, jobs jobs.’ He believes that this should be the priority for the DNC as well,” McManus added. “Tom has proven to be a champion of working people and I believe he understands that reaching workers will be critical in the months and years ahead. I can’t think of a better person to stand for the cause of ordinary middle class Americans than my friend, Tom Perez. At a time when our politics seems to lean so heavily towards corporations and the very wealthy, we need working class champions like Tom. We are proud to offer him our support."

“The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry has spent decades providing opportunities for thousands of workers, and today, I’m proud to have their support,” said Tom Perez. “Our party is a party of inclusion and economic opportunity and we must communicate that message to voters. I have spent my career turning around organizations and fighting for what’s right. Now, I want to take that fight to the DNC so we can protect workers and ensure they have fair wages and safe working environments. I’m glad to have UA as a partner in this fight and look forward to working with them and the rest of organized labor as we lift up the voices of American workers.”

The United Association was founded in 1889 and is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation & servicing of piping system, including over 340,000 members belonging to more than 275 local unions in the United States & Canada.