In a matter of hours before the 2016 Democratic National Convention opens, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday she is stepping down as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, at the end of the party’s convention, which is to begin on Monday, July 25.
Report by Paula Antolini
July 24, 2016 5:00PM EDT
NATIONAL NEWS / POLITICS
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Resign Democratic National Committee Post
In a matter of hours before the 2016 Democratic National Convention opens, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday she is stepping down as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, at the end of the party’s convention, which is to begin on Monday, July 25 and end on Thursday.
Internal emails were hacked and it revealed that Schultz and DNC top aids were favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in an attempt to undermine his presidental bid, according to emails made public on Friday that were leaked by WikiLeaks, who posted almost 20,000 emails.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz released a statement:
“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future.” … “I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.”
Six minutes ago Bernie Sanders tweeted:
“The party leadership must always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”
Sanders also said:
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thatnks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”
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Hillary Clinton said:
“I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie.”
There is no indication Hillary Clinton’s campaign had sought the resignation of Ms. Wasserman Schultz.
After Wasserman Schultz had her speaking role at the convention taken away, she still might speak, as she had said in her statement, in order to open and close the convention and address delegates about details of the election.
However, certain individuals are worried about Wasserman Schultz being a distraction. “Convention organizers expressed nervousness on Sunday about the specter of Ms. Wasserman Schultz appearing on stage at all during the four-day convention. They were worried that what they intend to be a well-choreographed event, which officials hoped would contrast with the at times chaotic Republican convention, could be marred by Mr. Sanders’s backers booing and heckling her,” the NY Times reports.
“She may briefly address the delegates on Monday for a few minutes, a scenario to which the Clinton and Sanders campaigns have tentatively agreed, sources said,” reports CNN.
The D.N.C. stated that Donna Brazile would replace Wasserman Shultz in the interim, as chairwoman through the election.