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The newly elected Democratic National Committee chairman, Tom Perez, has asked all of the organization’s staff members to issue letters of resignation as part of a move to overhaul the makeup of the committee, NBC News reported on Tuesday.
The staff is now subject to interviews by a committee that is advising Perez on his transition and that will determine which staff members are allowed to stay, which will be let go, and how Perez will seek to remake the committee.
Turnover is normal when a new committee chair is elected, but, according to NBC, DNC staff levels are already at an unusual low.
Perez’s spokeswoman told the network that the process was started before Perez was elected, adding that he sought to ready the DNC for future elections.
Perez was narrowly elected as the new DNC chairman in February with 235 votes, beating Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota for the position.
Unity was a key theme in Perez’s victory speech, and he followed that up by immediately naming the defeated Ellison as the deputy chairman of the DNC, a newly created position. Ellison likewise called for unity in his concession speech, and he asked all of his supporters to pledge support for Perez.