Tom Pérez, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), announced his candidacy for governor of Maryland this morning. The current state governor, Republican Larry Hogan, will serve a limited term in 2022.
Pérez previously served as Barack Obama’s secretary of labor and also headed the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Pérez served as president of the DNC from 2017 to January 2021. He faces a packed field of Democrats who have also announced their candidacy, including a list of current and former Maryland politicians.
Harris and Biden face mounting criticism from Democrats
Good morning – this is Lauren Aratani kicking off today’s live politics blog.
After Democrats’ top voting rights bill was assassinated in the Senate by Republican obstructionism yesterday, some Democratic progressives hint that the White House should have done more to avoid defeat. They argue that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could have done more with their intimidating pulpit to increase the attention and urgency around the bill. The White House, in turn, maintains that they have done much to highlight the legislation.
Mondaire Jones, a congressman from New York, has been one of the most critical Democrats, telling the Associated Press that Barack Obama, who has been pushing for voting rights legislation, “has been doing more to save our ailing democracy than the current president of the United States.”
“[Biden] he is someone who has all the resources available to him as the most powerful person in the world to rally his own party members to at least make an exception to obstructionism in order to save our democracy, ”Jones said. CNN.
While all 50 Democratic senators voted in favor of the bill, the party’s more moderate lawmakers have become even more stubborn in their stance on maintaining obstructionism in light of the voting rights bill.
We will stay tuned for updates on this infighting among Democrats today. In the meantime, this is what is happening:
- Biden will meet with the attorney general Merrick garland today to discuss public security other firearm crime prevention. Biden is expected to announce new legislation to crack down on arms trafficking.
- In the New York mayoral race, Eric Adams, who has portrayed himself as the career’s staunchest advocate for public safety, is currently in the lead with roughly 30% of the vote. The city is using ranked-ranking voting this year, which means the Adams lead could falter as the ranking-voting system goes live.
- So in New York, the city of Buffalo I saw a huge disgusted in his mayoral primary election last night when India Walton, a socialist candidate, got a big advantage over the mayor of the city for a long time, Byron brown. If Walton wins the primaries, she will be the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960.
Stay tuned for more live updates.