Ellison calls on Dems to rally behind Perez

Ellison calls on Dems to rally behind Perez
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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 called on Democrats to rally behind the party’s newly elected 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 on Saturday after Perez appointed the Minnesota congressman, his top rival for the position, as his deputy.

“I am asking you to give everything you’ve got to support chairman Perez,” Ellison told supporters.

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After winning the vote, Perez in his first motion as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) asked to suspend the rules and appoint Ellison as deputy chairman.

"I would like to begin by making a motion, it is a motion that I have discussed with a good friend, and his name is Keith Ellison," Perez said.

Ellison took the podium after Perez announced the motion to congratulate the new chairman.

“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided,” Ellison said, adding that all Americans “are in need of your help.”

“And if we waste even a moment of going at it over who supported who, we are not going to be standing up for those people,”  he said.