Latino Democrats are splitting their vote for Democratic National Committee chair, with 10 days to go until the election.
While former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is a leading contender for the race, many liberal Latinos are backing his main rival, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).
“Obviously, as a Latina I’m interested in creating greater opportunities of representation for all people of color,” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, the New York City Council speaker who is backing Ellison.
“I do promote Latino candidates, but there should never be the assumption that one automatically supports a Latino candidate,” she added.
Perez has received top-level endorsements, including from former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHispanics are split in DNC raceDNC hopeful Buttigieg wants to capitalize on protest energy Bring Democracy to America’s nuclear weaponsMORE — an indication of support from former President Barack Obama.
But Ellison has attracted a large swath of the progressive wing of the party. And some major players are switching sides.
Hilda Solis, Perez’s predecessor as secretary of Labor and a Clinton supporter in last year’s campaign….
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