DNC Chair Feels the Bern, Dumped From Convention

Sanders would like Wasserman Schultz to resign now, please
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2016 10:03 AM CDT
This June 23, 2016, file photo shows Bernie Sanders addressing supporters in New York. Just days after ending his campaign, Sanders is calling for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
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(Newser) – At least one head is starting to roll in the wake of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee that show officials working to undermine Bernie Sanders' campaign: DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer speak at the convention she was to preside over, reports Politico, and for Sanders, that move doesn't go far enough. “I think she should resign, period,” Sanders said Sunday on ABC’s This Week. “And I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction.” Of the leak, he said, "it's outrageous, but it is not a great shock." He told CNN: "I don't think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC not only for these awful emails, which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don't think her leadership style is doing that."

All of Wasserman Schultz's convention appearances have been hastily scrapped, notes CNN, and Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge has been named convention chair in her stead. "She's been quarantined," a Dem tells CNN of Wasserman Schultz. The move is seen as an effort to head off open revolt among Sanders' supporters when the DNC kicks off in Philadelphia on Monday. Wasserman Schultz's term with the DNC ends next year, notes Roll Call. (Read more Bernie Sanders stories.)

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