The new DNC chair Tom Perez takes questions from MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' panelabout last night's Georgia special election and Jon Ossoff's odds at winning the June runoff. Perez says the party will organize for Ossoff and that Dems need a 50-state strategy.
EUGENE ROBINSON, "WASHINGTON POST": Hi Tom, it's Gene Robinson.
PEREZ: How are you, Gene?
ROBINSON: So what are you doing? What is the Party doing on the grassroots level around the country? The Democrats have lost 2/3 of state legislatures, 2/3 of governorships. The future stars of the party have to come from the grassroots.
ROBINSON: What are you doing at the grassroots?
PEREZ: Absolutely. Organizing, organizing, organizing. We've got to get back to basics, Gene, you're absolutely right. We need a 50 state strategy plus the territories. And that's why we're building a Democratic National Committee whose mission is not simply to elect the President of the United States; we are here to elect people from the School Board to the Senate.
And one of the best ways to do that is to build strong parties. And to have an organizing presence 12 months a year. Joe knows very well -- down in Florida after 2012 they built an organizing presence on the Republican side, 12 month a year, four years straight. They found about 130,000 Republican voters who were off the political grid. And that made the difference in 2016.
That's exactly what we're doing as Democrats. Getting out there, getting back to basics. Talking to voters, registering voters, working with candidates. Working with partners like Emerge who are recruiting female candidates at a remarkable clip, helping them to train candidates. That's what we have to do, the basics of party building, the basics of organizing.
When you get back to basics you do well.