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DNC people pushback against Hillary Clinton dissing them…

Clinton threw the party under the bus without knocking her own mistakes much….

She may not have been angry DURING the campaign …

But she sure is NOW.

But many Democrats are NOT happy at her for beating up on her party that needs to built up for next years Midterm elections the 2020 Presidential race…

Irritated Democrats say Hillary Clinton is wrong to cast blame on the national party for her loss to Donald Trump.

Allies of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in particular were incensed by Clinton’s criticism of the party apparatus, saying she mischaracterized the committee’s work while needlessly stoking internal divisions.

“This is all about the last campaign. And really, what Democrats should be focusing on, and what I think Hillary Clinton should be figuring out, is how do we empower the DNC to have the best data resources to win races this year, in 2018 and 2020,” a former DNC aide said.

“Having hard feelings about the data that you may or may not have received in 2016 ultimately is not the reason why we lost.”

Clinton surprised Democrats on Wednesday when she complained that she inherited “nothing” from a “bankrupt” DNC after becoming the nominee.

She faulted the committee, which some saw as favoring her during the tough primary fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as having “mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong” data operation. The remarks were also seen as a rebuke of President Obama, who chose the leaders of the DNC during his tenure.

Andrew Therriault, who served as the DNC’s director of data science until last June, said Clinton’s claims were “f—ing bulls—” in a series of tweets that have since been deleted….

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DNC Deputy Chair Ellison puts some of Clinton’s loss on Obama’s shoulders….

He’s Right….

And he gets props for saying so ouy loud….

Obama did eight year’s …. the Democratic Party  lost BIG  at HIS expense….

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said former President Obama is partially to blame for the Democrats’ poor showing at the polls in 2016.

Ellison, now the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, blamed Obama for ignoring party politics while he was in office, which he said had put the president’s legacy at risk.

“Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — I could keep going,” Ellison said at an event Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.

“Wonderful achievements. But Barack Obama could have been a better party leader and I think the fact that he wasn’t put his legacy in jeopardy,” he said.

Ellison added that Obama was “great at getting himself elected,” but said he should have worked closer with party leaders to ensure the Democrats were in power to protect his accomplishments.

“Your legacy is not a building that he’s going to construct in Chicago housing his presidential papers,” Ellison continued. “His legacy is the work he’s done which I believe is tremendous. But given we lost a lot of statehouse seats, governorships, secretary of states, his true legacy is in danger and I think he can’t say that he wasn’t part of those losses. Who else, right?”…

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Hillary Clinton gives 2016 Campaign Email List To the DNC…

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Bernie Sanders has NOT….

(Of course….Sander’s isn’t a Democrat)

The Democratic National Committee announced on Sunday that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had turned over its email list, giving the party a major boost as it rebuilds under a new chair and prepares for the midterm elections next year and the 2020 presidential race.

The list, provided as an in-kind contribution from the Hillary for America campaign organization, includes more than 10 million new names that the DNC did not have on its voter files, according to both Clinton and DNC aides. The contribution was valued as $3.5 million, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

“This information will help candidates up and down the ballot engage with voters and win seats from the school board to the Senate,” said Xochitl Hinojosa, communications director for the DNC. “We’re seeing momentum and energy across the country, and this investment will help us harness the energy and turn it into votes.”

The decision to turn over the email list ― in addition to providing the DNC with its analytics and voter modeling tools ― fulfills a campaign promise that Clinton made. During the primary, the former secretary of state pledged that if she were nominated, she would focus her resources on rebuilding a Democratic Party infrastructure that had decayed under President Barack Obama. …

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DNC Chair Perez and Bernie Sanders join for cross country rallies…

For the Good of the Party!…..

Rowing TOGETHER….

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will rally in at least five states later this month, just weeks after Perez defeated Sanders’s preferred candidate to run the DNC.

“We’ll be traveling — and Tom will be traveling with me — to traditionally conservative states,” Sanders said. “It’s absolutely absurd that the Democratic Party has turned its back on working people in literally half the country.”

“We’ve talked a lot about the need to compete everywhere, and when we talked about a 57-state-and-territory strategy, we meant it,” Perez said.

The duo will rally in Maine on April 17 and wind through the South and Southwest until April 22, hitting Kentucky, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. More stops, and more DNC investments, are possible in Nebraska — where Democrats hope to win back the mayoralty of Omaha — and in Montana, where a Sanders-backed House candidate has begun to attract attention ahead of a special election.

“This is part of our effort to revitalize the Democratic Party, to turn it into a grass-roots party — to tell people that Donald Trump’s agenda is not what he promised them,” Sanders said. “On issue after issue, he’s turned his back on working people and sided with the millionaire class.”….

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DNC head Perez starts an overhaul of his organization…

This is NOT unusual and was expected after the Clinton loss and finger pointing beween Clinton people and Party Progressives….

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major overhaul of the party’s organization, which has been stung by recent crises — and the DNC has requested resignation letters from all current staffers.

Party staff routinely see major turnover with a new boss and they had been alerted to expect such a move. However, the mass resignation letters will give Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC’s headquarters from scratch. Staffing had already reached unusual lows following a round of post-election layoffs in December.

Immediately after Perez’s selection as party chairman in late February, an adviser to outgoing DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, asked every employee to submit a letter of resignation dated April 15, according to multiple sources familiar with the party’s internal workings.

A committee advising Perez on his transition is now interviewing staff and others as part of a top-to-bottom review process to decide not only who will stay and who will go, but how the party should be structured in the future.

“This is longstanding precedent at the DNC and has happened during multiple Chair transitions,”….

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Tom Perez Wins the DNC Chair….

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The vote was 235 to 200…..

Perez had the lead all thru….

He rep’s the majority of the Democratic party just like Hillary Clinton rep’d the majority of the party for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination…

While the Sanders people maybe making the most noise and get the most media attention…

The future of the party should be with Sanders left /progressive factions AND the people who have come out to vote time and again….This time included…

The Democratic party cannot veer solely to the left….

That will NEVER get the party back to the White House…

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez has defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee in a blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the progressive wing of the party.

Perez won with 235 votes on the second ballot, with 218 votes needed to reach a majority. Ellison topped out at 200 votes in both rounds of balloting.

The win came after Perez failed to clear the threshold for victory by only one vote on the first ballot, dramatically heightening the tension in the room as the campaigns furiously whipped DNC members to join their side.

It was a dramatic day that Democrats hope will set them on the path toward unity. However, lingering divisions from the primary may be hard to overcome.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and other key figures from the Obama administration supported Perez, who backed Hillary Clinton in the primary.

Sanders and many of his allies backed Ellison, the first-ever Muslim elected to Congress and a star on the left. Several Ellison supporters told The Hill this week that they are unsure if they can back Perez.

The race to become the next Democratic Party leader split along establishment-grassroots lines and in many ways mirrored the divisive 2016 presidential primary between Sanders and Clinton.

On Saturday, the mainstream Democrats won out again.

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Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

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Good first move by Perez in naming Ellison to be his deputy….

Immediately after taking over, Perez moved to name Ellison his deputy chairman, aiming to unify a divided party.

“When we have these conversations, sometimes spirited, sometimes difficult, that’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of strength as a party and that’s what were going to keep doing,” Perez said.

“If you came here supporting me, wearing a Keith t-shirt, or any t-shirt, I’m asking you to give everything you’ve got to support Chairman Perez,” said Ellison, accepting the role….

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Democratic National Committee Update 2/24/17….

Tom Perez seems to hold a slight lead….

There will be several ballot votes to get a winner….

Democrats will vote Saturday to elect their new party chair—and they’ll keep voting until they get one.

No one expects a winner to be determined on the first ballot in Atlanta, and some observers think as many as four, five or even six ballots will be required to decide the race.

A candidate needs to win a majority of Democratic National Committee’s 447 members, with the lowest-scoring candidates axed one-by-one after the second round.

Here’s a breakdown of the top candidates ahead of the pivotal vote.

Tom Perez

As former President Barack Obama’s Labor Department secretary and a top official at the Justice Department before that, Perez played a major role in the administration’s domestic agenda on issues like the minimum wage and voting rights protection.

His ties to both Obama and Hillary Clinton—he made the Democratic presidential nominee’s short list for vice president—made him the favorite among the more establishment wing of the party. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder have thrown their support behind their former colleague, as did high-ranking House Democrat Steny Hoyer (Md.).
Earlier this month, Perez claimed support from 180 DNC members. But aides would not release names of his supporters, arguing that they wanted to keep the members free from badgering in the days before the vote.

Perez’s bid got a late boost Thursday when South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison dropped his bid and endorsed Perez. But it remains to be seen whether Harrison’s supporters can help Perez lock up the win.

Keith Ellison

Ellison jumped into the race as the instant frontrunner, positioning himself to carry the baton of the left-wing movement that spawned from the failed presidential bid of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The Minnesota congressman leads the pack in public support from DNC members. He also made quick work after entering the race of winning a slew of high-profile endorsements from Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Most recently, he won the backing of another former DNC rival, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, who dropped out last weekend….

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Micheal Moore has come out for Ellison…

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Two weeks before the DNC vote Trump is the target….

While Tom Perez the Obama Labor Sec is the choice of a good amount of the establishment Democrats (he has Obama and Biden’s backing)….

Rep Ellison and the Sanders supports are hanging in there….

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Several other candiadtes are hoping maybe a split vote could be their way to grab the leadership of the Democartic National Committee….

The outpouring of protests across the country has scrambled the contest for chairman of the Democratic National Committee two weeks before the vote, as party activists thrash out who should be the face of a newly energized party.

The surge of liberal activism in response to President Trump’s election has transcended the divisions that some Democrats feared would cleave the party after its defeat in November. But it has also injected volatility into a race for party chairman that had been shaping up as a straightforward proxy war between the candidates most closely identified with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Hillary Clinton.

Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, one of Mr. Sanders’s most prominent surrogates during last year’s primary race, and Thomas E. Perez, the former labor secretary who backed Mrs. Clinton and received consideration to be her running mate, have emerged as the leading contenders. Yet neither has secured the support of anywhere close to a majority of the 447 committee members who will decide the race, as other candidates did in the weeks leading up to prior votes.

This is partly because other hopefuls in a field that has swelled to double digits have yet to withdraw from the race. But it also owes to the genuine uncertainty about who can best harness the antipathy toward Mr. Trump, and lead a party that has been dominated by former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton for more than two decades….

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It was striking during a two-hour forum here in Charm City that not one of the 10 candidates for chairman suggested the party should moderate in response to last year’s losses. Indeed, there was no substantive discussion about policy at all during the Saturday evening event. It was taken as a given that all the aspirants are committed liberals. This is a stark contrast to the ideological debates that enveloped the party following similar setbacks in 2004, 1988 or 1972. It reflects the degree to which the Bernie Sanders wing is ascendant, and Blue Dogs have left the party.

Perez is the clear front-runner, but he still does not have the votes locked up. With backing from key figures in Barack Obama’s orbit (Joe Biden) and the Clinton machine (Terry McAuliffe), he is the establishment favorite. But his progressive bona fides are beyond question, from his tenure as a Montgomery County councilman to helming the Justice Department’s civil rights division. That makes it hard for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who won an early endorsement from Sanders and Chuck Schumer, to get too far to Perez’s left. That is part of the explanation for why the chairman’s race lacks much ideological tension…..

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Politico just featured a piece that Hillary Clinton might just run AGAIN in 2020….

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Bernie Sanders isn’t making some Democrats happy….

First….

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat….

He adopted the party to run for President…

He isn’t doing that anymore….

The Democrats are trying to settle on a new Democratic National Committee Chair….

Sanders has his choice….

The Obama people, who are Democarts have theirs….

The people running for the DNC job say it isn’t about the just passed Presidential nomination choice of Hillary Clinton or Sanders….

So…..

Bernie Sanders dissing Joe Biden or ANY Democrat against his choice of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) against Tom Perez does not make some Democrats happy, even if Sanders does have his supporters…

Sanders’s recent swipe against former Vice President Joe Biden has angered Democratic party officials, who are accusing the onetime Democratic presidential candidate of refighting a bitter primary season that ripped the party in two.

The independent senator from Vermont has also infuriated supporters of Tom Perez, a top contender for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, after an unprovoked attack against the former Labor secretary.

Sanders, who backs Perez rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for DNC chairman, has shaken up a race that has until now featured few fireworks.

The DNC campaign changed this week after Biden endorsed Perez for chairman. Sanders let loose, saying that it’s time to move beyond the “failed status-quo approach” of Biden and Perez.

The remark has elicited a furious response from Perez’s supporters, who accuse Sanders of relitigating his Democratic primary fight with Hillary Clinton when the party needs to unite behind a new leader.

Sanders’s critics are firing back, noting that he isn’t even a member of the Democratic Party.

“It is very concerning that Bernie Sanders is so intent on taking over a party that he’s not even a member of that he’d insult the beloved vice president — and really the president — about a failed status quo approach,” said Texas Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, a Perez supporter and one of 447 DNC members who will vote in late February to elect the next chairman.

“This is coming from a man who is not even a member of our party,”….

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Outgoing Labor Sec Tom Perez to enter the DNC Chair race…

While Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison REALLY wants the job….

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He has a some Democrats NOT enthusiastic in his chances….

Ellison has the backing of Senator’s Sanders, Warren and Schumer….

But does NOT have the blessing of Barack Obama and others who remember some anti-semitic comments from Ellison who is a Muslim….

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Thomas Perez on the other hand has Obama’s support……

Perez, the outgoing Labor Sec would bring a Hispanic into the top of the Democratic party who grew up in Buffalo , NY …..

Perez has no little experience in running for political office , but has served in state and federal positions….

He could potentially handle both the public and private aspects of the job, appearing on television as a face of the opposition to President-elect Donald J. Trump while also cultivating the party’s contributors. With many senior Democrats casting about for an alternative to Mr. Ellison — whose views on Israel have drawn scorn from Jewish groups and Haim Saban, one of the party’s most significant donors — Mr. Perez could prove a contender.

“I like Tom a lot, and if he was to run, I think he would be a formidable candidate,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, who heads the Democratic Governors’ Association and has spoken with Mr. Perez recently.

But Mr. Perez’s bid will also test how willing Democrats are to risk angering Mr. Sanders’s legions of grass-roots supporters — and whether they will bow to Mr. Obama in the final weeks of his presidency….

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Some Democrats look to recruit Tom Perez for the DNC Chair…

While Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellnson gets most of the attention in the Media for his desperate effort to get the Democratic National Committe chair spot…..

The party is not sold on him….(Neither is Barack Obama)

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Calls are growing for Labor Secretary Tom Perez to enter the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Perez has several close allies among the state Democratic chairmen who are privately urging him to run for party leader, along with support from parts of the labor movement.

Some leaders in the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, are furious about the group’s early endorsement of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for DNC chairman and are looking to Perez for an alternative.

Perez is believed to be weighing other career options, including a run for governor in his home state of Maryland in 2018. His decision on the DNC race is expected soon.

Two sources close to Perez told The Hill that President Obama and Vice President Biden have privately encouraged Perez to seek the position. Obama and Perez are expected to meet in person next week, the sources said.

“As the President has said, Democrats have many important decisions to make, and some soul searching to do — and that includes selecting the next leader of the Democratic Party,” a White House official told The Hill….

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says he is the best candidate to lead the DNC…

The race to get the lead of the Democratic National Committee heats up…..

The Democratic party NEEDS to hold the Obama and Clinton voters and get the Obama vote BACK in the MidWest , Florida  and Pennsylvania….

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says he is the best candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee because he could increase voter turnout in areas that help Democrats win elections.

“We need to turn out the vote, and I’m actually pretty good at it,” Ellison said on CNN Monday.
“I believe by getting out the vote in Milwaukee, Detroit, Flint and the suburbs of Philly, we could have changed this whole election.”

Ellison, a six-term congressman, is running to be chairman of the DNC. His candidacy is backed by key figures and party leaders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison are also running for the post….

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DNC moves to clean house….

…Under the short term leadership of Donna Brazile…..

The shake-up at the Democratic National Committee after an embarrassing breach of its email system continued on Tuesday with the departure of three senior officials.

Amy Dacey, the committee’s chief executive; Luis Miranda, its communications director; and Brad Marshall, its chief financial officer, will leave amid a reshuffling of leadership positions, said Donna Brazile, the interim chairwoman.

The departures came more than a week after WikiLeaks posted almost 20,000 of the committee’s emails, a number of which revealed officials showing favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in her primary campaign against Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. ..

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Hillary Clinton takes care of her supporters….

Rep. Wasserman Shultz will be working for Hillary Clinton’s election campaign and so will probably the others stepping down from the DNC….

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DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz will step down….

It IS time….

She has just had too much dropped against her….

The volume of criticism directed at Wasserman Schultz stands in marked contrast to the muted defense of her.

“She has lots of friends, but the problem is she has enemies who are just louder,” said one longtime friend of hers would only speak to POLITICO on background for fear she would know she speaks to the publication.

In Philadelphia, Democrats downplayed the fact that Wasserman Schultz wouldn’t chair the convention, pointing out that Priebus didn’t chair his, either.

Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio will serve as chair of the Democratic convention, a move that was ratified by the convention’s Rules Committee on Saturday night. Wasserman Schultz had been in place as temporary chair of the convention until the Rules Committee voted in Fudge as presiding chair. The party chair typically serves as temporary convention chair until the permanent chair is named…..

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard start’s drive to end the Democratic Super Delegate process….

The Hawaii Democratic Rep , a former Vice Chair in the party is a Bernie Sanders supporter who left her post after annoucing she was for Sanders….

There is little chance that the process will be changed…..

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard encouraged her followers on Saturday to sign a petition ending the Democratic Party’s use of superdelegates.
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“Whether you are a Bernie Sanders supporter or a Hillary Clinton supporter, we should all agree that unelected party officials and lobbyists should not have a say in who the presidential nominee of our party is,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “That should be left up to the voters.”….

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Bernie Sanders request for dropping 2 DNC heads denied…

Bernie Sanders AGAIN isn’t gonna be the Democratic nominee….

But he sure is acting like it…

In the last few days he has demanded that DNC head Debbie Wasserm-Shultz be canned along with two other senior DNC officials….

All three are supporters of Hillary Clinton who in little  more than a week WILL BE the Democartic nominee…..

The nominee gets things when they win the primary race….

The loser does NOT….(Even if they are trying to hold their supporters out as leverage )

Senior Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials have rejected a request from Bernie Sanders’s campaign to change the leadership of two crucial committees at the convention.

Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, co-chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Commitee, dismissed a request to remove Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank as co-chairmen of the convention’s platform and rules committees, respectively.

The campaign’s complaint, they wrote in a letter to Sanders lawyer Brad Deutsch, failed to allege a violation of the convention’s rules governing the conduct of elections or delegate selection.

“Having carefully reviewed your challenge, we find that it fails to meet the criteria for the foregoing reasons and pursuant to the Regulations and Bylaws Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Reg. 3.4(G)(i) we are compelled to dismiss it,” they wrote to Deutsch….

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All the people involved in this story ARE longtime Democrats EXCEPT Bernie Sanders

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