Ray Buckley was a candidate campaigning for the position as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair and he has dropped out of the race.
The DNC votes on the chair position in just one week. With the race mainly being between two frontrunners, Representative Keith Ellison and Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Ray Buckley has decided to drop out and endorse Ellison. Keith Ellison is backed by Bernie Sanders and is seen by most people as the more progressive candidate.
Tom Perez, who was the labor secretary in the Obama administration, is backed by Former Vice President Joe Biden and Former President Barack Obama. Tom Perez supports the Trans Pacific Partnership and refuses to deny all lobbyist money going into the DNC, feeding into the perception in many progressives’ minds that he is the less progressive candidate, and rather the establishment candidate.
Ray Buckley stated: “From the moment I stepped into this race, I made it clear that the top two priorities of the next DNC Chair must be to strengthen state parties and reform the DNC.” Buckley has decided that best way to continue his message is to drop out and back Keith Ellison.
Many Bernie Sanders campaign supporters are very wary of the next DNC chair because they do not want the chair to be someone like Debbie Wasserman Schultz who resigned after leaks showed that she and her committee broke the charter and gave unfair biases to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Primary. Many Bernie Sanders supporters believe that the DNC should not take any lobbyist money, to keep the DNC from ever committing the act of cheating and bias towards a candidate again.
The Democratic National Committee will vote on February 23rd through February 26th, with 447 votes, and the main candidates being Keith Ellison and Tom Perez.