Senior black Democrats urge party chairman to take responsibility for Iowa

Senior black Democrats urge party chairman to take responsibility for Iowa
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Senior leadership in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) sent a letter to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas 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 days after the bungled Iowa caucuses, demanding he take accountability for the situation.

The letter was penned on Feb. 5 — two days after Iowa caucused — by four Democrats: CBC Chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Rep. Bass tweets photo of Trump in response to FBI call for information on rioters San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community' MORE (Calif.), CBC PAC Chairman Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksBiden urged to reverse Pompeo-Trump move on Houthis House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots MORE (N.Y.) and Reps. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeBarbara Lee dons Shirley Chisholm's pearls for Inauguration Day: 'Because of Shirley Chisholm, Vice President Harris is' Watch Out: Progressives are eyeing the last slice of the budget House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis MORE (Calif.) and Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? New coalition aims to combat growing wave of ransomware attacks Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stepping down MORE (Miss.), BuzzFeed News reports.

"As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, you bear some responsibility for what happened in Iowa and for the consequences," the lawmakers told Perez in the letter, adding that the "unacceptable" problems in the Hawkeye State “undermined public confidence” in the primary process.


The results of the first-in-the-nation caucus were substantially delayed because of a technological failure that made it difficult for a timely and accurate tally of the results to happen.

Even after all precincts were reporting, The Associated Press said it was unable to declare a winner due to discrepancies in the reporting data.

Perez, who's been at the helm of the DNC for three years, responded to the group Tuesday with a letter of his own, according to BuzzFeed.

"What happened in Iowa was completely unacceptable,” Perez wrote back. “While the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) runs the Iowa caucuses, we have a shared responsibility, which we take seriously.

“I look forward to meeting with you and your fellow members to address questions and concerns about the Iowa caucus process,” he added.


Perez has never really been in the CBC's good graces; in 2018, after many in the caucus opposed a rule change concerning superdelegates, the CBC passed a vote of no confidence against him.

Late last week, Perez called for the IDP to recanvass the results. The IDP said Wednesday that it expects the recanvass to begin Sunday.

Wednesday evening, IDP Chairman Troy Price announced his resignation.