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."

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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) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report 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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race 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 KaineClinton on GOP promoting Trump 'stronger together' quote: Now copy my policies too GOP promotes Trump line mirroring Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign slogan Pompeo: US will continue investigating Khashoggi murder MORE (D-Va.) with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him MORE and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation 2020 Dems slam Trump's plan to declare national emergency NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates MORE (D-N.J.) on the party's ticket, because she believed Clinton had failed to energize working-class voters.