In races across the country, candidates who had been struggling for attention and donations have seen a boost because of her.
Perez's speech, coming two weeks before a key DNC committee meets to finalize its 2020 primary rules, has roiled party activists and reopened old wounds.
Democratic candidates for California's 39th Congressional District, Andy Thorburn and Gil Cisneros, are locked in a dust-up over a threat to go negative.
In races in Texas and Pennsylvania, the Democratic Congressional Committee is accused of trying to muscle out some candidates.
The National Summit for Democracy brought together people from the political left to the center-right to discuss their common concerns.
The DCCC was clear: It considers Laura Moser a weak candidate. The response? A bump in donations to her campaign.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has seen plenty of candidates brought down by residence issues, has come to view Laura Moser as unelectable.
The mood during Friday morning’s shutdown was funereal, if not bored. And there was little visible support for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was forcing the second short-term shutdown of his career.
The shutdown began with “dreamers” and their allies on the left praising Democrats for their courage. Now the backlash is mounting.
"It’s important for the world to know that’s not how we think, that’s not how we feel,” Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. “The people from these countries, the leadership of these countries, were hurt."