Donna Brazile is in and Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out. Wasserman Schultz stepped down Sunday has the chair of DNC.
A slew of leaked emails was the last straw for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced Sunday afternoon her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee effective later this week.The hacked emails released by Wikileaks on Friday showed Wasserman Schultz referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt) — a former presidential candidate who eventually lost the nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — repeatedly in a derogatory fashion.
Not only did the congresswoman resign, but will not speak at or preside over the party’s convention this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee’s impartiality during the Democratic primary.
The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday rescinded Wasserman Schultz’s position as convention chairwoman, instead naming Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as permanent chair of the convention, according to a DNC source. She will gavel each session to order and will gavel each session closed, a role that had been expected to be held by Wasserman Schultz.
Brazile, 56, will be an interim chairwoman replacing Wasserman Schultz. Now that Brazile is taking over in this role CNN has announced it will suspend her contributor agreement with the network.
“With news of Donna Brazile stepping in as interim chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately,” a CNN spokeswoman wrote in an email. “As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role.”
Brazile also was found out to have emails that slammed the Sanders camp. Brazile was emailed on May 13 by a Washington Post reporter to comment on the “fight between the Sanders camp and DNC over adequate representation on the platform committee and others ahead of the convention.”
Brazile then forwarded the press inquiry to DNC officials and wrote, “I have no intentions of touching this. Why? Because I will cuss out the Sanders camp!”
She has since apologized to Sanders and his delegates for the “stupidity” of the emails.
Brazile stopped in to personally speak with Bernie campaign staffers during the platform committee yesterday in Philadelphia where