Immediately following the hotly contested DNC chair race in February, the victor Tom Perez, a former labor secretary under President Barack Obama, asked the entire DNC staff to submit their letters of resignation by April 15, NBC News reported Tuesday.
The move is part of the committee's restructuring process that was expected after multiple election night defeats, most notably that of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton - and has been considered imminent since Perez was selected as party chairman in February.
Chairman Tom Perez speaks requested for letters of resignation from all current DNC staffers. The committee is chaired by Leah Daughtry, CEO of the 2016 national convention in Philadelphia.
"What we're trying to do is culture change", Perez told NBC News between stops of a listening tour in Michigan Friday.
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The DNC also faced heavy criticism when internal emails revealed that former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had tried to rig the primaries in Clinton's favor. "We're repairing a plane at 20,000 feet".
All staff are now subject to interviews by a committee advising Perez on his transition, who will determine which staffers are allowed to stay, which will be terminated, and how Perez will seek to remake the committee.
Sanders' remarks echoed what Perez wrote when he announced his candidacy for Democratic chair in a Mic exclusive.
Asking for the resignation letters makes the process of deciding who to keep, regardless of how many are eventually let go, much easier.
Ellison's political director has also been helping to oversee staffing decisions in some key departments in the DNC, according to several sources.