Embattled Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) announced today that she would step down from her position after the conclusion of her party’s convention this week. Donna Brazile will serve as interim chairwoman until a successor is named.
The move came just days after WikiLeaks posted emails sent or received by DNC officials that suggest that Wasserman Schultz and other committee members favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the primaries, which proved to be the final nail in her coffin.
In the emails Wasserman Schultz referred to Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver as a “damn liar,” and criticized the senator because he has “never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.” Couple that with her struggles on TV to explain the difference between a socialist and a Democrat (maybe because there is very little difference in today’s Democratic Party); Hillary’s trustworthiness problems, and why the DNC’s superdelegate system wasn’t rigged for Ms. Clinton, and her fate was sealed.
In a written statement, Wasserman Schultz said that she will briefly address the delegates, as well as open and close the convention, but she thought the best way to accomplish the goal of electing Hillary Clinton as president was for her to step down as Democratic Party Chair.
Bernie Sanders, who has been calling for her resignation for months, issued the following statement:
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks 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 also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”
Wasserman Schultz was in Cleveland last week for the Republican National Convention and tweeted to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus that she was available to help if he needed someone to run the convention, her way of poking fun at all the negative media attention the convention was receiving. But it looks like she is the one who will need the help as she became toxic to her own party and will all but be invisible during this week’s convention.
UPDATE: Hillary Clinton welcomes Wasserman Schultz to her campaign as “honorary chair.”
“There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie,” Clinton said, “which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states.”