David Simas has been in the ear of the Democratic National Committee as much as he was (and still is) in Barack Obama’s. The former White House political director and current CEO of the Obama Foundation has been the go-to source for advice and a strategy on how to build the DNC back up after a crippling and embarrassing defeat in November.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez, the former labor secretary in the Obama administration, is very close with Simas, who has been meeting regularly with one of Perez’s top advisers, Sam Cornale. Perez is in the process of totally revamping the committee and has been asking for resignation letters from scores of the incumbent staff thereat.
According to a statement released by the DNC, no one should be reading much into Simas’s input and “hundreds of people from across the country have given input, volunteered their time, or sat down with (Perez) and other DNC officers to help rebuild the party.”
The progressive wing of the DNC is not in favor of Simas or too much of the Obama administration being put in place, fearing that it is an extension of the failed candidacy of Hillary Clinton. They favored Keith Ellison for chairman, who was supported by Bernie Sanders. Ellison was eventually named by Perez as the deputy chairman.
H/T: The Hill
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