In a very prickly vote the Democratic National Committee has chosen Tom Perez, who will be the first Latino to chair the Democratic Party.
Rep. Keith Ellison and Perez were the top two candidates for the position, but in the final tally, Perez was chosen to lead the party forward.
“With hard work and a hell of a lot of organizing, we will turn this party around,” Perez announced.
Perez, supported by Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, argued that the party needs to focus on voting access and down-ballot battles. Ellison, whose allies included Sen. Bernie Sanders and the party’s progressive wing campaigned for Ellis saying he is only candidate who could bridge the party’s divisions.
Later, Perez chose Ellison to serve as deputy chairman of the DNC, a move that may have took some of the sting out of Ellison’s supporters.