On the ultimate party-sponsored candidate discussion board right here on Saturday, the main applicants all sought to affiliate themselves with the “resistance” in opposition to Mr. Trump. In an acknowledgment of the way a lot Democrats are playing their Trump-inspired solidarity — and what sort of they don’t need a replay of the Clinton-Sanders race — Mr. Perez and Mr. Ellison held to a de facto nonaggression pact towards every some other.
“I had no higher buddy,” Mr. Ellison mentioned of Mr. Perez, regarding the previous secretary’s time within the Obama cupboard.
Strikingly, just one candidate a few of the 10 onstage actually faced the 2 front-runners: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
“Why now not pass with any individual who isn’t a product of 1 faction or some other faction, however any individual who’s right here to ship the recent get started our occasion wishes,” mentioned Mr. Buttigieg, including of the occasion’s contentious presidential number one, “I don’t know why we’d wish to reside thru it a 2nd time.”
He does now not have anyplace close to the choice of public commitments that Mr. Ellison and Mr. Perez lately experience, however Mr. Buttigieg is making an attempt to model himself as a compromise candidate if neither of the front-runners protected a majority at the first poll when the occasion gathers this month in Atlanta.
Expecting such an effort, two of the opposite trailing contenders used the discussion board to focus on Mr. Buttigieg. The New Hampshire Democratic chairman, Raymond Buckley, boasting of his personal neutrality throughout the presidential number one, became to Mr. Buttigieg at one level and reminded him of his endorsement of Mrs. Clinton. “Sorry, mayor who supported Hillary,” Mr. Buckley quipped. And Jehmu Greene, a Democratic organizer and a former Fox…