GOP: Dems elected 'D.C. insider' as new chairman
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Saturday knocked Democrats for electing former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the new leader of the Democratic Party, calling him a "D.C. insider."

"The Democrat Party has lost touch with the American people. Voters spoke loud and clear last November that they wanted a change in Washington and to reverse the failed policies of the last eight years," RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.

"By selecting a D.C. insider, Democrats only create deeper divisions within their own party by pushing a far left agenda that rejects a majority of their base outside Washington," she continued.

"The DNC would be well-served to learn from two straight election cycle losses, encourage leaders in their party to listen to what the voters want and to get to work with Republicans to fix the mess they created."


Perez had the backing of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE and other Obama administration officials, while Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was the favored pick of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' Briahna Joy Gray: IRS needs proper enforcement mechanisms to tax wealthy Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (I-Vt.) and his allies.

Perez won Saturday with 235 votes on the second ballot, with 218 votes needed to reach a majority. He fell shy in the first ballot by a single vote.