Morning Boos May Foreshadow Dicey Moment at Convention

Doesn't bode well for Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday night
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2016 10:29 AM CDT
Morning Boos May Foreshadow Dicey Moment at Convention
DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast Monday.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Outgoing Democratic National Committee chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz will take the stage to open her party's convention Monday night, and it could be a volatile moment if her morning reception in front of Florida delegates is any guide. Hecklers repeatedly booed and interrupted her speech, angry over the release of emails suggesting that the DNC tried to torpedo the Bernie Sanders campaign, reports the Hill. Wasserman Schultz has announced she'll quit at the end of the convention, but she made clear Monday that she intends to play a role in the campaign. "You will see me every day between now and Nov. 8 on the campaign trail, and we will lock arms and we will not stand down," she said. Some related coverage:

  • "Interviews with a variety of pro- and anti-Wasserman Schultz Democrats—and there are plenty of both—suggest that the Florida House member's problems were both personal and structural, and that she retains a relatively bright future even if this chapter of her political life left much to be desired." From the Washington Post.
  • The idea of ousting Wasserman Schultz had been broached last fall, but President Obama didn't want the headache. So reports Politico in a story detailing her strained ties with the White House and Democratic establishment.
  • A post at the Nation makes the case that she was too divisive to remain in the job, even if the email leak hadn't happened.
  • Were the Russians behind the email hack as part of a plot to help Donald Trump? The New York Times looks into the intrigue—and the difficulty of proving anything.
  • Who's next? Politico's Playbook blog lists the top contenders to take over the DNC post, with Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, at the top.
  • Vox has an explainer on the original posting of 20,000 DNC emails by WikiLeaks.
(Read more Debbie Wasserman Schultz stories.)

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