Black Caucus Issues Vote of ‘No Confidence’ in DNC Chair Tom Pérez
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members are not happy with DNC Chairman Tom Pérez, and on Wednesday, they voiced their displeasure by issuing a vote of “no confidence” in his leadership. The lawmakers are still angry over Pérez’s handling of the Party’s vote to strip superdelegates of their power during the presidential nominating process, giving even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses. CBC Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) said the Caucus issued the vote for a “combination of reasons,” but that the primary reason was the superdelegate reforms because they felt that the DNC pitted them against their constituents. “So now if they want to be a delegate, they have to run against their constituents who want to be delegates, and it’s an unfair proposition. We don’t want to run against our constituents, so the caucus had made its position known. ... It speaks for itself,” Richmond said. “It's not a motion saying he needs to go, it's a motion expressing real concern about where we are." The changes block superdelegates -- elected officials and party leaders -- from voting for any presidential candidate unless a second ballot is required at a national convention, significantly reducing their power. More here.