Former US Labor Secretary Tom Perez edged Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison by 35 votes Saturday to become the head of the Democratic National Committee.
He promptly called President Trump “the worst president in the history of the United States.”
After a months-long battle many Dems compared to a presidential primary, Perez outlasted Ellison in the second round of voting in Atlanta, securing 235 votes to Ellison’s 200. Perez had fallen one vote shy of the victory threshold in the first round of voting.
The results were another blow to Mayor de Blasio, who was in Atlanta to back Ellison.
Perez announced he would make Ellison “deputy chairman” of the DNC and embraced him from the podium after the vote.
Ellison wiped away tears, thanked his supporters, and said, “We don’t have the luxury of going out of this room divided.”
When Perez took the stage, he slammed President Trump and called for Democrats to remain engaged.
“They’re going to ask the question . . . where were you in 2017