Latino Congressman Seriously Considering Run For Top DNC Job

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

The post-mortem realignment at the top of the Democratic National Committee has begun.

Check your calendar, it hasn’t been three days since the election and already the DNC is in restart mode. The top item is the top of the leadership ladder. Interim Chair Donna Brazile will hold the position until next March when the party will elect its new leadership. Bernie Sanders has already put up a web page touting Keith Ellison to head the party. Howard Dean has voiced his intention to head the DNC, again. And Latinos should be asking themselves a serious question:

What about a Latino to head the DNC?

What’s more, what about a young Latino for that post? It makes political, demographic, unity building, and future looking sense. Already there’s a name floating on the surface of possibilities.

Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego (D) has been approached to run for the chairmanship and is said to be seriously considering accepting a nomination. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is said to be encouraging Gallego to run.

Gallego is a first term, 36 year-old congressman. He’s a Harvard graduate, a Marine veteran and is considered a trail blazing, energetic and popular legislator. Many see him as a model of new leadership for the Latino community.

As the DNC begins it’s restucturing process, as it comes to terms with the factual end of the Clinton era, Latinos should be thinking of how to best pull up a chair at the leadership table.

Shooting for the top of the DNC is the best start.

[Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr]


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