Democrats contending with a large and growing field of probably presidential candidates in the 2020 election are nervous about a “kids table” spectacle that dogged the GOP field during the run-up to 2016. There could be as many as two dozen Democrats with their hats in the ring before too long. But Dem strategists are nervous about knocking minority candidates down into a secondary tier when they’re scheduling debates. Instead, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez should use a lottery system to manage the massive field, says one party strategist.
—QUOTABLE: “It is a luck of a draw…We never know who the dark horse is going to be…In the beginning, I do think you have to have a level playing field or make it as level as you can make it, but after three debates, you really do know who the top contenders are.” -Jane Kleeb, DNC member from Nebraska
The head of the Democratic Party is unhappy that with Republicans going to church. “People buy” what they hear at church, and that’s usually a conservative message—and that gives the GOP an unfair advantage, according to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez in comments recently before a left-wing political group. Republicans have churches, Fox News, and the NRA, which are the only voices most people in rural Republican areas listen to, Perez implied.
—QUOTABLE: “I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC. Why aren’t we penetrating, I ask? And I had someone in northwest Wisconsin tell me: ‘You know what? For most of the people I know, their principle sources of information are Fox News, the NRA newsletter and the pulpit on Sunday.’ And it should come as a surprise to no-one that our message doesn’t penetrate.” -Perez
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez think President Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “worse than Watergate.” The top Dem and former henchman for failed former president Barack Obama denounced the firing on MSNBC, adding the firing could violate the federal Vacancies Reform Act. The statement and Watergate comparison is an abrupt about-face for Perez, who has repeatedly called for Sessions to resign when saying that was politically convenient.
—QUOTABLE: “Well, there’s a law and there’s a test that apply to what he just did. The law is the Vacancies Reform Act. You can argue that it’s ambiguous whether he could do what he just did. There’s a test that is very unambiguous. It’s called the smell test. This doesn’t pass the smell test.” -Perez now
—QUOTABLE: “No spin from Trump admin can hide the fact that Sessions lied under oath and committed perjury about Russian ties. Sessions must resign.” -Perez then (March 2, 2017)