Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.16.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* As expected, Labor Secretary Tom Perez formally entered the race yesterday for DNC chair. In the same announcement, to the disappointment of some Maryland Democrats, Perez announced he will not run for governor in 2018.

* On a related note, Vox had a good piece explaining how the process for choosing the next DNC chair will work. Party officials won’t vote until late February.

* At his latest self-congratulatory rally, Trump told a Pennsylvania audience last night that he thanks African Americans who “didn’t come out to vote” in the presidential election. Expect to hear this quote again in four years.

* At the same event, Trump commented publicly on the crisis in Aleppo for the first time, “When I look at what’s going on in Syria, it’s so sad,” he said. “It’s so sad, and we’re going to help people.” The president-elect didn’t elaborate on how he intended to help.

* A focus group in Cleveland found that Trump’s followers have “sky-high hopes for the president-elect’s ability to create drastic change in Washington, and – so far – they are willing to give him almost limitless leeway to achieve those results in his own wildly unconventional and controversial way.”

* If you’re hoping that members of the Electoral College might deny Trump the presidency, the Associated Press’ latest report will leave you disappointed.

* With Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) likely headed for HHS, former state Rep. Sally Harrell (D) hopes to clear the field on the Democratic side in the race to replace him, though two other Dems are still in the race. On the Republican side, only one candidate has declared, but many others, including former Secretary of State Karen Handel, are likely to jump in.

* Trump this week thanked the Financial Times for naming him “Person of the Year,” which he described as “a great honor.” I don’t think he actually read the editorial, however, because the Financial Times also said Trump risks doing “incalculable” damage to American democracy.

* Some former Democratic congressional staffers published an online document this week called, “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” The 23-page guide is actually an excellent overview on how to influence members of Congress. Voters who opposed Trump – which is to say, a majority of the country – might find it interesting.