Tom Perez, former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, announced this morning his run to be governor of Maryland. The state’s current governor, Republican Larry Hogan, will be term-limited in 2022.
Perez previously served as Barack Obama’s labor secretary and also led the Department of Justice’s civil rights division. Perez served as DNC chair from 2017 until January 2021. He is up against a crowded field of Democrats who have also announced their candidacy, including a slate of current and former Maryland politicians.
Harris and Biden face growing criticism from Democrats
Good morning – this is Lauren Aratani kicking off today’s politics live blog.
After the Democrats’ major voting rights bill was killed in the Senate by a GOP filibuster yesterday, some Democratic progressives are hinting that the White House should have done more to prevent the defeat. They argue that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could have done more with their bully pulpit to increase attention and urgency around the bill. The White House, in turn, is arguing that they have done plenty to spotlight the legislation.
Mondaire Jones, a congressman from New York, has been one of the more critical Democrats, telling the Associated Press that Barack Obama, who has been pushing for voting rights legislation, “has been doing more to salvage our ailing democracy than the current president of the United States.”
“[Biden] is someone who has all the resources available to him as the most powerful person in the world to rally members of his own party to at least make an exception to the filibuster for purposes of saving our democracy,” Jones told CNN.
While all 50 Democratic senators voted in favor of the bill, the party’s more moderate lawmakers have grown even more stubborn in their stance on keeping the filibuster in light of the voting rights bill.
We’ll keep an eye on any updates in this infighting among Democrats today. Meanwhile, here’s what else is happening:
- Biden is meeting with attorney general Merrick Garland today to discuss public safety and gun crime prevention. Biden is expected to announce new legislation to crack down on gun trafficking.
- In the New York City mayoral race, Eric Adams, who has oriented himself as the race’s staunchest public safety advocate, is currently in the lead with about 30% of the votes. The city is using ranked choice voting this year, which means Adams’ lead could falter as the ranked-choice voting system gets going.
- Also in New York, the city of Buffalo saw a huge upset in its mayoral primary election last night when India Walton, a socialist candidate, got a huge lead over the city’s longtime mayor, Byron Brown. If Walton wins the primary, she will be the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960.
Stay tuned for more live updates.
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