Debbie Wasserman Shultz to step down as chair of DNC
As of right now, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz is resigning as the chair of the Democratic National Convention.
Following an email scandal released on WikiLeaks, the representative from Florida’s 23rd congressional district announced that she would be stepping down from her leadership position following the convention.
The DNC barred Wasserman Shultz from speaking at the convention following the email crisis. The recent scandal included about 20,000 DNC emails. These emails caught Wasserman Shultz and other DNC employees plotting against Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
In one email, Wasserman Shultz claimed Sanders would never become president. This was long before the primaries even began.
As chair of the DNC, she is obligated to remain impartial among candidates. Bernie Sanders and his supporters have claimed from the start that the election process for nominating the party’s candidate is rigged.
Clinton beat Sanders 2,205 to 1,846 in pledged delegates. Since 2,383 delegates are needed to win the nomination, the convention will determine which the unpledged delegates, or “superdelegates”, will vote for.
Sanders recently endorsed Clinton; however, the email scandal may change his mind as the convention carries on.
Naturally, the DNC is currently attempting to isolate itself from Wasserman Shultz and the entire email scandal.
Back in Wasserman Shultz’s home district, she faces fierce competition from political newcomer Tim Canova. Canova has been campaigning in the district and has received an endorsement from Bernie Sanders.
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