Progressives in New Mexico Denounce Recent Actions by the DNC and Committee Chair Perez

Three progressive groups in New Mexico jointly oppose recent acts by the Democratic National Committee and its chair, Tom Perez, that benefit centrist candidates and hurt working people.

The Adelante Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, the New Mexico Working Families Party, and the Central New Mexico chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America criticize the DNC’s change of debate rules and appointments by Perez.

As reported in Politico on Jan. 31, the DNC has dropped its donor threshold for the Nevada debate to be held on Feb. 19. This opens the door for the debate to possibly include multibillionaire candidate and former Republican mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, who has said he would not accept campaign contributions. The change of debate criteria came after Bloomberg donated $800,000 to a joint fundraising committee of the DNC and state Democratic parties. Yet the DNC refused to change the debate qualifications in December 2019 when a group of Democratic Party presidential candidates, led by Cory Booker, called on the DNC to ease criteria to allow for more diversity on the debate stage. It appears that the DNC is susceptible to big-money influence at the expense of the viewpoints of candidates of color.

In January 2020, Perez  nominated DNC members to the Democratic National Convention committees who are largely corporate representatives, lobbyists and Democratic Party consultants. Perez’s nominees include:

  • Denis McDonough, co-chair of the platform committee. According to Vanity Fair, McDonough negotiated redactions of the CIA torture report in 2014.
  • Maria Cardona, co-chair of the rules committee. According to journalist and author Kevin Gosztola, Cardona “is a principal at the Dewey Square Group, a lobbying firm that has fought on behalf of corporate interests against progressive reforms.”
  • Barney Frank, co-chair of the rules committee. Gosztola wrote that Frank sits on the board of New York’s Signature Bank, which was “a go-to lender for President Donald Trump’s family, as well as Jared Kushner’s family.”

Many of the Perez appointees are unelected members of the DNC, having been selected to sit on the DNC by Chair Perez. More details about the Perez nominations are at Gosztola’s thread.

Now, some members of the DNC want to change back the superdelegate reforms to again allow superdelegates to vote on the first ballot.

The Adelante caucus, the N.M. Working Families Party, and the Central New Mexico Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America urge the DNC to return to previous rules and not to favor any candidates. We further urge the DNC to review its appointments to convention committees to ensure fairness and to reflect the traditional Democratic “big-tent” perspective.

The Adelante caucus, with more than 400 members across the state of New Mexico, stands for equality, fairness, diversity and working people. The caucus executive committee sets an example for transparency by holding meetings open to its membership.

The New Mexico Working Families Party is a grassroots progressive political organization that fights for economic and racial justice and works to make government work for all working families, not just the wealthy and well-connected. New Mexico WFP, the state affiliate of the growing national Working Families Party, is helping to recruit, train and elect the next generation of progressive leaders across New Mexico.

The Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. It seeks to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites-with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. It is a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice.  Its inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles.


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