Newly elected DNC chair pledges ’50 state’ strategy

Newly elected DNC chair pledges ’50 state’ strategy

Former

South
Carolina
Democratic
Party
Chair
Jaime
Harrison
on
Thursday
was
formally
elected
by
the

Democratic
National
Committee
(DNC)
as
the
party’s
new
chairman.

Harrison
and
a
new
slate
of
DNC
vice
chairs
that
includes
Michigan

Gov.
Gretchen
Whitmer,
Sen.
Tammy
Duckworth
of
Illinois,
Atlanta
Mayor
Keisha
Lance
Bottoms,
and
Rep
Filemon
Vela
Jr.
of
Texas,
were
overwhelming
elected
407-4
during
the
DNC’s
Winter
Meeting,
which
was
held
virtually
this
year
amid
the
coronavirus
pandemic.


BIDEN
PICKS
SOUTH
CAROLINA’S
HARRISON
TO
STEER
DNC

The
official
vote
by
Democratic
national
party
committee
members
came
a
day
after
the
inauguration
of

President
Joe
Biden.
The
vote
was
a
mere
formality,
coming
a
week
after
Biden

who
since
his
presidential
election
victory
in
November
is
the
leader
of
the
Democratic
Party

named
Harrison
as
his
choice
to
serve
as
DNC
chair
the
next
four
years,
succeeding
outgoing
chair

Tom
Perez.

Harrison,
who
is
a
current
DNC
associate
chair
and
senior
counselor,
grabbed
national
attention
last
year as
he
demolished
U.S.
Senate
fundraising
records
in
his
unsuccessful
bid
to
oust
longtime
GOP

Sen.
Lindsey
Graham
of
South
Carolina.

The
44-year-old
Harrison,
who
made
history
as
his
state’s
first
Black
Democratic
Party
chair,
once
served
as
a
congressional
aide
to
powerful
Rep.
James
Clyburn
of
South
Carolina,
the
third-ranking
House
Democrat.

Clyburn
was
a
top
Biden
surrogate
during
the
2020
campaign
and
lobbied
the
president-elect
to
pick
Harrison
as
DNC
chair.
Clyburn
was
instrumental
in
Biden’s
landslide
victory
in
the
South
Carolina
primary.
That
win revived
the
former
vice
president’s
campaign
and
launched
him
toward the
Democratic
nomination
and
eventually
the
White
House.
Biden’s
naming
of
Harrison
is
a
clear
sign
of
Clyburn’s
influence
with
the
new
president.


RONNA
MCDANIEL
UNANIMOUSLY
RE-ELECTED
AS
RNC
CHAIR

Harrison,
in
his
acceptance
speech,
emphasized
that
he’s
“committing
to
a
50
state
and
seven territory
strategy
that
takes
no
voter
and
no
community
for
granted.
We
are
done
looking
at
the
map,
ignoring
the
red
while
we
focus
on
a
few
purple
areas.
We
are
done
with
just
focusing
on
our
cities
while
forgetting
those
living
on
dirt
roads.”

And
he
stressed
that
“the
Democratic
Party
can’t
just
be
a
political
organization,
we
have
to
be
a
community
organization,
addressing
the
needs
of
people
across
this
country.”

Harrison’s
naming
as
DNC
chair
by
Biden
was
well
received
by
national
and
state
party
officials.

Former
DNC
chair

Donna
Brazile,
a
Fox
News
contributor,
said
last
week
that
Harrison
was
a
logical
choice
to
lead
the
national
committee. “He
knows
the
DNC
and
he
knows
the
party
structure..
he’s
a
familiar
face
inside
the
party,”
Brazile
noted.
“And
he
had
good
ties
to
the
White
House.”


POMPEO
TWEET
SPARKS
2024
WHITE
HOUSE
SPECULATION

Longtime
New
Hampshire
Democratic
Party
Chair
Ray
Buckley
told
Fox
News
last
month
that
“Jaime
really
fits
the
bill.
You’re
not
hearing
a
lot
of
pushback
on
the
idea
of
Jaime
because
he’s
so
well
known.
He
did
a
fantastic
job
as
state
chair
and
has
done
a
great
job
as
an
associate
chair
of
the
DNC
the
last
four
years.”

Buckley,
who
for
years
served
as
president
of
the
Association
of
State
Democratic
Chairs,
highlighted
that
Harrison
“certainly
understands
and
appreciates
the
value
of
a
strong
state
party.
His
commitment
to
building
the
party
from
the
grassroots
up
is
sincere.
He’s
been
there
and
that’s
something
that’s
important
to
a
lot
of
us,
that
someone
with
state
and
local
experience
the
national
party.”

After
President
Barack
Obama’s
2008
White
House
victory,
the
DNC
was
often
treated
like
a
backwater
organization
as
Obama
set
up
Organizing
for
America,
a
separate
political
group
with
competing
duties.

But
Biden
and
his
campaign
team
worked
exceedingly
close
with
the
DNC
during
the
2020
election,
with
staffers
from
both
organizations
coordinating
on
grassroots
outreach
and
get
out
the
vote
efforts,,
and
on
messaging.

In
a
video
Thursday
that
was
played
at
the
DNC
Winter
Meeting,
the
president
emphasized
the
importance
of
working
with
the
state
Democratic
organizations.

“I
know
that
working
together
with
state
parties
we
can
truly
unite
the
country.
I
know
we
can,”
Biden
said.


TRUMP
HINTS
AT
POLITICAL
COMEBACK
AS
HE
DEPARTS
THE
WHITE
HOUSE

Harrison,
as
well
as
Buckley
and
then-South
Bend,
Ind., Mayor

Pete
Buttigieg,
among
others,
ran
for
DNC
chair
four
years
ago in
a
wide
open
contest
ultimately
won
by
Perez,
who
had
served
as
assistant
attorney
general
for
civil
rights
and
Labor
secretary
in
the
Obama
administration.

Perez
said
last
year
that
he
would
not
bid
to
serve
another
term
as
party
chair.
He’s
credited
with
reviving
the
DNC
after
President
Trump’s
2016
victory,
helping
the
Democrats
recapture
the
House
in
2018,
keeping
the
peace
between
party
factions,
and
leaving
the
DNC
in
good
financial
shape.

On
Thursday,
in
his
last
minutes
as
DNC
chair,
Perez
pointed
to
Harris
and
the
new
leadership
team
and
said
that
“we’re
replacing
one
A
team
with
another
A
team.”

One
of
Harrison’s
jobs
going
forward
as
DNC
chair
will
be
fundraising.
Harrison
raised
over
$130
million
last
year
in
his
Senate
bid,
with
his
$57
million
third-quarter
fundraising
haul
shattering
the
previous
single-quarter
Senate
race
record.
Harrison
ended
up
losing
the
election
to
Graham
by
10
points.

Harrison
will
also
be
charged
with
leading
the
national
party
through
the
2022
midterms,
as
Democrats
will
try
to
hold
onto
their
fragile
House
majority
and
expand
their
razor-thin
majority
in
the
Senate.
He’ll
also
be
tasked
with
the
difficult
job
of
keeping
the
peace
between
the
Democratic
Party’s
progressive
and
moderate
wings.

Republican
National
Committee
(RNC)

Chair
Ronna
McDaniel two
weeks
ago
was
unanimously
re-elected
to
a
third
two-year
term
steering
the
RNC.

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