People really want DNC chairman Tom Perez to resign

An old petition calling for the resignation of Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), has resurfaced and is picking up steam online amid the Iowa caucus chaos

The Change.org link first started circulating two years ago in response to Perez’s endorsement of incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over challenger Cynthia Nixon. Now, its zombified corpse has seen renewed publicity from political figures and political fan accounts alike.

Twitter users with varying political ideologies—everyone from Sanders supporters to an account with the display name “Republicans for Yang“–began sharing it Feb. 3 in response to the “botched” Iowa caucus on that same day. 

https://twitter.com/mslysistrata/status/1222609362214178822

The Iowa caucus earned the labels of “mess” and “disaster” after trying and failing to use an app to calculate results. The resulting issues sparked plenty of anti-Perez sentiments on Twitter, particularly in reference to a tweet that claimed the DNC put in three years of preparation for the big night.

 

“You prepared for this for three years?” Cullen Tiernan, the press assistant for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), asked in the replies.

It’s not the only petition out there calling for Perez’s resignation, but it’s the one that looks to be gaining the most traction. It currently has more than 15,000 signatures. 
 
The petition’s comments, which detail why a person signed, are pretty harsh, too.

“The Democratic party has become the Republican party,” one reads. “They are beholden to the same donors. There is no current party representing the people, only corporate interests.”

Another says that the chairman’s resignation would allow for progressive growth within the party.

“Tom Perez cannot manage a party that is moving further left and is closer to its roots than it has been in decade, especially when he and other establishment, corporate Democrats feel the need to dream up new ways of tampering with the Democratic caucus or primary results,” it reads. “Please resign, Tom Perez. Allow Democracy to flourish.”

Some, however, kept it simple.

“That was a mess,” one reads. “A total mess.”

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Felix Kalvesmaki

Felix Kalvesmaki

Felix Kalvesmaki is a second-year student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern for the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in Input magazine, Teen Vogue, and on Texas NPR station KERA.