Buckley looks ahead in N.H. after DNC chairman vote

Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Raymond Buckley said Tuesday he isn’t sure of his future role with the Democratic National Committee, after dropping out of the recent race for chairman and endorsing the losing candidate.

“I don’t think that we need to quickly cement something there right away,” said Buckley, who is seeking another term as state Democratic Party Chairman.

After backing Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison in the competitive contest, Buckley was promised a role leading the candidate’s planned “57 state strategy” to support state Democratic parties.

Ellison lost to former Labor secretary Tom Perez in a vote last weekend. Buckley has yet to speak to the new DNC chairman but said the party is united behind him. Perez has appointed Ellison vice-chairman of the DNC, and Buckley said the two met for lunch Tuesday.

“We all repeatedly said in the debates that we were going to reach out and include all of the candidates for chair in a leadership team of responsibilities,” Buckley said.

Buckley jumped into the race last year and ran on a platform of boosting state party operations. He dropped out a week before the competitive vote and backed Ellison, saying in a statement that the two shared many ideas and principles.

The new national party leadership supports New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Buckley said. But he warned that Republicans’ comments about voter fraud here are a threat to the state’s early voting status.

Buckley has led the state Democratic party since 2007.