Tom Perez Says DNC Gave Clinton ‘Insufficient’ and ‘Sub-Standard Tools for Success’
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez just went on a radio show and seemed to blame the DNC itself, in part, for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss.
Perez, who won his chairmanship in February, appeared on Joe Madison’s program “The Black Eagle” on SiriusXM radio and, in a segment flagged by CNN, laid into the committee’s leadership under controversial former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“Here’s the reality: when Hillary Clinton won the nomination, the DNC handed her insufficient and substandard tools for success,” he said.
He dropped this bombshell while discussing the DNC’s plans for the elections of 2018 and beyond.
“We have to make sure that whoever wins the nomination, has all the tools to succeed,” he continued. “In other words, that we have built our organizing infrastructure, that we have built a technology infrastructure that’s second-to-none, and that we have built a voter protection infrastructure that ensures that the Republican efforts to suppress voters will never succeed And those are the infrastructure items that we are building now. That doesn’t sound sexy.”
The DNC chairman also commended his competition, the RNC, for their successful investment in modern data-mining techniques.
“By contrast the Republican National Committee had invested significant amounts of money in technology and they beat us at our own game,” he said.
Perez’s statements line up neatly with what Clinton has said herself. In May she dismissed the DNC’s data operation as being “non-existent.”
“I set up my campaign and we have our own data operation. I get the nomination, so I’m now the nominee of the Democratic party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic party,” she said. “It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it.”
You can listen above, via SiriusXM/CNN.
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