53 DNC members protest rejection of Jay Inslee's climate change debate
53 voting members of the Democratic National Committee have submitted an open letter to Chairman Tom Perez in protest of the DNC's decision to reject a 2020 primary debate focused on climate change, as proposed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the Huffington Post reports.
Yes, but: A majority of signatures on this resolution would not require Perez to change the DNC's stance on holding an issue-focused debate.
Why it matters: 44% of voters consider climate change "a critical threat to the vital interests" of the U.S. in the next 10 years, according to Morning Consult/Politico.
- Two-thirds of Democrats say climate change poses a critical threat, compared to 1 in 5 Republicans, per Morning Consult.
- A CNN poll from last month found that climate change is solidly in the top of Democratic primary voters' issues for 2020.
Between the lines: Washington Democratic Party chair Tina Podlodowski "insisted the effort was not intended specifically to help Inslee," per HuffPost.