Embattled Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz announced Sunday she would leave her post against the backdrop of leaked emails implicating her and numerous Party officials scheming to thwart Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders from surviving the Democratic primaries.
“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,” Wasserman-Schultz said in a statement.
The DNC announced long-time Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile will assume the role of interim chairwoman.
Originally planned to deliver an address the convention, Wasserman-Schultz was dropped from the list of convention speakers.
The target of fierce criticism from Vermont democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, Wasserman-Schultz was often accused of deliberately failing to maintain a neutral stance as the Democratic primaries grew more contentious and Sanders closed the gap on front-runner Clinton.
Responding to Wasserman-Schultz’s departure, and following an early Sunday call for the contentious chairwoman to step down, Sanders released a statement which read:
“(Wasserman-Schultz) 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.”
Sen. Sanders really means “good riddance” — a 10 p.m. EST speaking slot on Monday in Philadelphia and his endorsement of Secretary Clinton notwithstanding.
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