Perez: ‘We had to rebuild almost every facet’ of DNC
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said in a new interview that he “had to rebuild almost every facet of the organization” after taking over as its head.

“I knew it was a turnaround job when I ran, but I undeniably underestimated the depth of the turnaround job. We had to rebuild almost every facet of the organization, and equally importantly, we had to rebuild trust,” Perez told Politico.

“Not just people who had invested in the DNC, but others, they just felt the party had let them down,” he added.

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Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D-Minn.), who Perez appointed as deputy DNC chairman after defeating him to lead the organization, also told the news outlet that “functioning unity is something we’ve got to build back over time."

The DNC drew intense scrutiny after former head Donna Brazile revealed details of a fundraising agreement between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton responds to Trump tweets telling Dem lawmakers to 'go back' to their countries The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur: Here's how to choose a president MORE's campaign and the DNC that she said was proof the nominating process was rigged in Clinton's favor.

“By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart,” Brazile wrote in her book, referring to Clinton's challenger in the 2016 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires MORE (I-Vt.).

“The funding arrangement ... was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” she also wrote.

Perez promised to make Democrats' nominating process more transparent in 2020 after Brazile’s revelations.