Outgoing party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has told a Florida newspaper she will no longer open the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
“I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention,” the Florida congresswoman told south Florida’s Sun Sentinel.
On Sunday, Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign as Democratic National Committee chairwoman following the convention but indicated she still planned to open and close the Philadelphia gathering.
However, with the controversy over leaked party emails that showed Democratic staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary campaign still simmering, Wasserman Schultz faced the prospect of a hostile reception from delegates on the floor Monday.
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge will handle the responsibilities of the Chair throughout the four day convention.
I hope the Bernie Sanders supporters, now that they have Schultz’s scalp, will join the rest of the Democratic Party and support the candidate of the party.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz got booed (shocker!) addressing her own delegation on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation as Chair of the DNC yesterday in the aftermath of leaked emails which indicated the DNC may have favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary.
Don’t look for lots of photo ops of Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz at this weeks’ National Convention.
In the aftermath of the release of nearly 20,000 DNC emails by Wikileaks, the decision has been made that Schultz will not be given a speaking slot at the convention in an effort to keep the peace among Dems.
One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders’ faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.
Wasserman Schultz is expected to gavel the convention in and out, but not speak in the wake of the controversy surrounding the leaked emails, a top Democrat said. “She’s been quarantined,” another top Democrat said, following a meeting Saturday night.