Debbie Wasserman Schultz Steps Down From Position As DNC ChairLatest
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced that she’ll resign from her post following the end of the party’s convention this week.
The decision was announced via a statement, which can be read in full here:
“I have been privileged to serve as the DNC Chair for five and a half years helping to re-elect President Obama and Vice President Biden, strengthening our State Party Partnership in all 50 states, leading a vigorous primary election this past year while preparing for the general election and representing millions of Democrats across the country. I couldn’t be more excited that Democrats are nominating our first woman presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, a friend I have always believed in and know will be a great President.
My first priority has always been serving the people of the 23rd district of Florida and I look forward to continuing to do that as their member of Congress for years to come.
Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. 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. 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 Schultz’s resignation came after Wikileaks published around 20,000 internal DNC emails, many of which implied that the DNC not only clearly supported Clinton, but that action was taken to derail Sanders’ campaign.
The responsibility of gaveling each session to order was transferred to Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge, who was named permanent chair of the convention on Sunday.
CNN reports that DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election.