DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign after convention

July 25, 2016 5:00 am

Democratic National Committee
Chair speaks on stage during the final day of
the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in
Charlotte, North Carolina. This file photo taken on September 05, 2012.
(photos by AFP)

The
chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) says she will
step down after the party’s convention in the run-up to the 2016
presidential election.

Florida
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the announcement on Sunday
after email leaks from within the Democratic Party showed officials had
tried to undermine the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in
favor of his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Going
forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down
as party chair at the end of this convention,” she said in a statement.
The
Democratic National Convention is set to take place at the Wells Fargo
Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25 to 28.
“We
have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and
expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point
will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is
the best convention we have ever had,” Wasserman said. “As party chair,
this week I will open and close the convention and I will address our
delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for
Democrats, but for all Americans.”
Meanwhile,
Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge (pictured below) was assigned to serve
as the convention chair this week in Philadelphia.

Fudge
said she was “happy to serve” and was looking forward to a “great
convention and our ongoing efforts as we work together for a strong
party and a successful election.”
No fair operation at DNC
The
Vermont senator was infuriated after the WikiLeaks released the emails
on Friday, proving that DNC officials had privately made plans to
undermine his campaign.
She
“should not be chair of the DNC, and I think these emails reiterate that
reason why she should not be chair,” said Sanders, who has already
announced official endorsement for Clinton.

Bernie
Sanders makes a point July 12, 2016 at a rally in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire where he endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I think she should resign, period, and I think we need a new chair that’s going to lead us in a new direction,” he added.
Sanders
said he was not “shocked” by the emails as he knew from the beginning
that the party was supporting the former first lady.
“Well,
I think I told you a long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair
operation — that they were supporting Secretary Clinton. So what I
suggested to be true six months ago turns out, in fact, to be true,” he
said. “I’m not shocked by it, but I’m disappointed.”
No political revolution
GOP
presidential nominee Donald Trump, meanwhile, took the opportunity to
sow more discord among the Democrats, saying Sanders’ “political
revolution” had ended up fruitless.
“There
is no longer a Bernie Sanders ‘political revolution.’ He is turning out
to be a weak and somewhat pathetic figure, wants it all to end!” Trump
tweeted.

Activists
including hundreds of environmentalists and Bernie Sanders supporters
march through downtown before the start of the Democratic National
Convention (DNC) on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In
another tweet he said, “Sorry folks, but Bernie Sanders is exhausted,
just can’t go on any longer. He is trying to dismiss the new e-mails and
DNC disrespect. SAD!”
In one
of the emails, dated May 2, DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote
to communications director Luis Miranda about how to make the US media
portray Sanders’s campaign as one in “a mess.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week’s convention.
The
Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of
hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favoured
Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.
That prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call today for Wasserman Schultz’s immediate resignation.
In
a statement, Wasserman Schultz says she still plans to fulfill her
duties formally opening and closing the convention in Philadelphia.
She also says she will speak at the four-day gathering.
Earlier,
Barney Frank, co-chair of the rules committee at the convention, said
it was never expected that Wasserman Schultz would preside over
convention proceedings this week.

The DNC voted to select Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to oversee the convention proceedings instead.
Frank says Fudge was on the list to be convention chair “long before” the emails were leaked.
He notes that heads of the Democratic National Committee are never picked to oversee convention proceedings.
In
better for Clinton, it was announced that Michael Bloomberg, who
was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, will speak at the
convention to endorse her for president.

Spokesman Marc LaVorgna says Bloomberg will make the endorsement speech on Thursday.
The
billionaire media mogul opted against running as a third-party
candidate for fear it might siphon away votes from Clinton and help
elect Republican Donald Trump.
Bloomberg has been sharply critical of Trump, and in particular of his fellow New Yorker’s inflammatory rhetoric on immigration.
Bloomberg had previously been a Democrat before switching
his party affiliation to Republican before his successful 2001 run for
mayor.
Bloomberg, who served three terms, later became an independent and a leading advocate for gun control.
His endorsement was first reported by the New York Times.

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