Tom Perez Dodges on Donna Brazile Primary Allegations: 'We're Moving Forward'

November 2, 2017

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez dodged on an opportunity to address Donna Bazile's Thursday piece in Politico that touted "Hillary Clinton's secret takeover of the DNC."

Perez appeared on CNBC on Thursday where, after focusing primarily on the GOP tax reform proposal, host Carl Quintinella asked the DNC chairman about Brazile's allegations.

Brazile claimed in the piece that the DNC was put on a "starvation diet" and became dependent on Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign for survival.

"I can't let you go, Tom, since you're with us, without asking if you've read Donna Brazile's piece about the DNC that's in Politico today. Any comment at all?" Quintinella asked.

"Well hey, we're moving forward; we're building, you know. I've been asked that question a number of times since I started," Perez started.

The DNC chairman continued by talking about the Democrats' plans to create a transparent nomination process for 2020.

"And, one of my goals here as DNC Chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that's totally fair and transparent for everybody," Perez said.

He continued to avoid addressing the Brazile allegations directly, instead focusing on what the DNC will do moving forward.

"We're going to set the primary debate schedule well in advance of when we know who the candidates will be there," he said. "We have to make sure that everything is fair and open, and everybody has a fair shake. That's what we're going to do."