Caucus members told Politico that Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) introduced the debate over the DNC’s controversial superdelegate system and eventually led to the motion passing against Perez. The mood as the vote was argued is said to have been “heated.” Members “felt that the DNC pitted them against their constituents,” according to CBC chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA).
“So now if they want to be a delegate, they have to run against their constituents who want to be delegates, and it’s an unfair proposition,” the Louisiana Democrat told Politico. “We don’t want to run against our constituents, so the caucus had made its position known. … It speaks for itself.”