It is not unusual for CNN and other mainstream media outlets to refer to politicians (and even the current President) as “crazy” or “deranged” — but these terms are generally reserved for conservatives. Recently, though, CNN broke this trend in a recent story about DNC chair Tom Perez.
CNN anchor Brianna Keilar referred to Perez as “going bananas” during a segment with campaign manager Robby Mook.
“The DNC chair, Tom Perez, wants voter data, right, from Democrats in the states,” she said. “He’s trying to build this big, for-profit database. This is a big deal that he’s trying to do this, but he kind of went pretty bananas on these state Democrats, threatening to cut them off from using DNC resources that are basically just from the DNC that they lend out, like organizing tools, campaign tech tools, tools that actually in the hands of state democrats would favor the party nationally.”
Mook is Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager and at the helm of her failed 2016 presidential campaign.
The heart of the issue is conflict within the Democratic Party itself over voter data. According to Politico, Perez, the DNC chair, has gone to war with the rest of the party, launching angry emails and sparking debates over one of the organization’s most valued assets — their state level voter data.
Most of the massive amounts of data the party has gathered is owned by the states themselves, and sometimes owned by local or county municipalities or even organizations like unions or associations. Perez wants to unite the data and create one large, comprehensive database to mine when it is time for campaigning. The states and third party organizations object to handing over the data, as they feel it would be used to push a national, not local or organization-friendly agenda. In other words, local and state level groups fear a power grab, or that their hard won resources could be expended to benefit just a few elite members instead of the groups themselves.
Perez launched a series of harshly worded emails stating that he was “disappointed” and “dumbfounded” at the groups’ refusal to hand over their data to the national organization.
“For some inexplicable reason, this proposal would tear down just about everything about our current data structure, reversing so much of the progress we made over the past decade,” he said.
Perez also called out key players in both government and labor organizations by name, urging them to comply. State and union leaders balked and the controversy continues. State group leaders claim Perez is over the top and out of line, particularly in the personal way he addressed his email complaints, while Perez claims the leaders are backwards and threatening progress. With no end in sight, this ongoing controversy could have a lasting impact on the party itself as we inch closer to the eventual 2020 election.
~ Conservative Zone