Amid email controversy, head of DNC steps down
It seems that the Democratic party just can’t catch a break when it comes to emails. On Sunday Democratic national chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced that she would resign from her position after the Democratic National Convention.
The controversy comes after leaked emails were released that focused on a plot to take down Bernie Sanders during his presidential primary campaign. Before her announcement she was removed as chair of the convention which kicks off today.
"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 obtained by NBC News.
The Hill reported that earlier today Wasserman Schultz was “interrupted and booed” as she attempted to give a speech to Florida’s convention delegation.
CNN reported that DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chairperson of committee through the election, it was announced Sunday.
Brazile had been a CNN political commentator, and though she will remain on air during the convention week in an unpaid capacity, both she and CNN have mutually agreed to suspend their contract.
The DNC Rules Committee named Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, as permanent chair of the convention. She will gavel each session to order and will gavel each session closed.
Sanders, who will address the DNC later tonight, released a statement saying that he agreed with Wasserman Schultz’s decision to step down.
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has 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,” Sanders said. “The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”