Perez vows to make 2020 transparent amid Brazile revelations

Perez vows to make 2020 transparent amid Brazile revelations
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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 on Saturday vowed to make the party's 2020 presidential nominating contest more transparent, after a book authored by the committee's former interim chairwoman revealed a series of missteps and ethical oversights that roiled the party in 2016.

Perez, who was elected to head the DNC earlier this year, outlined a broad strategy for increasing transparency and unity within the party in a blog post published on the website Medium.

"I am more committed than ever before to restoring voters’ faith in our democratic process because even the perception of impartiality or an unfair advantage undermines our ability to win," he wrote. "That is unacceptable."


Perez said that the party would set the dates for the 2020 Democratic primary debates before all candidates enter the race, in order "to ensure that no candidate participating in our presidential nominating process gains any unfair advantage — real or perceived — during our primary season."

He also vowed to continue work on the DNC's Unity Reform Commission, which was established earlier this year to help the party recover from a divisive 2016 primary season that pitted Clinton against Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.).

The vow for transparency comes as excerpts from former DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile's upcoming memoir surface in the media. The book, titled "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE in the White House,” recalls the blunders and shortcomings of the Democratic Party during the 2016 election.

In the book, Brazile reflects on how Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE's campaign had essentially assumed control of the DNC's finances in the year before the Democratic primaries even began, and how the contest appeared set up to favor Clinton as the eventual nominee. 

She also reveals that she once considered replacing Clinton and her running mate Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Democratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer Dems ask Justice Dept to release findings of Acosta-Epstein investigation MORE (D-Va.) with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenButtigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election This is the Joe Biden you rarely see Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll MORE and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerK Street support to test Buttigieg We should welcome workers' 'powerful victory' in the Stop & Shop strike Harris adds another to her list of endorsements in South Carolina MORE (D-N.J.) on the party's ticket, because she believed Clinton had failed to energize working-class voters.