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DNC chair will speak at SC Democrats’ fundraising dinner

Tom Perez
Tom Perez

The head of the Democratic National Committee will give the keynote address at S.C. Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner.

DNC chairman Tom Perez will speak at the April 28 Blue Palmetto Dinner in Columbia.

The dinner will be at the Medallion Conference Center on Garners Ferry Road. The state party’s convention will be held the next day.

Perez was secretary of labor and an assistant attorney general for civil rights under Democratic President Barack Obama before he was elected to manage the national party’s attempted comeback after its 2016 defeat.

S.C. Democratic chair Jaime Harrison ran against Perez for the DNC job earlier this year.

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Tom better during the DNC chair campaign, and our party is in great hands with him leading the way,” Harrison said in a statement. “Tom Perez is committed to a 50-state strategy and investing in red states because Democrats can't cede any ground to Donald Trump and his rubber-stamp Republicans.”

This will be the first Blue Palmetto Dinner since S.C. Democrats voted to change the name of the fundraising event, formerly called the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

The name of the long-time Democratic fundraiser — named for former presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson — has been changed in several states after modern Democrats balked at the legacy of the party’s two historical founders.