In a surprise move, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for Chair of the Democratic Committee (DNC) Chairman on Feb. 25, and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, was elected.
Despite Perez’s election it was Buttigieg, heralded as the future of the Democratic Party, who perhaps made the most noise.
.@PeteButtigieg is the future of our party. He served our country, and has served our party by bringing a fresh perspective to our movement.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 25, 2017
Buttigieg, the first openly gay executive in the state of Indiana, former Rhodes Scholar and veteran of the War in Afghanistan, campaigned across the country in his unsuccessful bid to run the Democratic Party.