Power 100: Ronna McDaniel & Thomas Perez

by Editorial

Ronna McDaniel Chairwoman, Republican National Committee
Thomas Perez Chairman, Democratic National Committee

Both face the immediate challenge of shepherding their party through the 2018 midterms. Time will tell whether McDaniel — who used to be Ronna Romney McDaniel until Trump suggested that she might drop the reference to her uncle Mitt’s family — will find the influence and persuasive skill to be effective in managing when and where Trump’s campaign support will be helpful or toxic. Perez has to show he can turn a favorable political climate for Democrats into the reality of more Democrat wins. He and DNC Deputy Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison face the longer term problem of ensuring that a post-Hillary environment will allow enough space for a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to gain traction.

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