Amid the release of e-mails from hackers that show the Democratic National Committee playing favorites in the primary electoral process, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned. In a statement to the press, Wasserman Schultz said:
“We arrived here in Philadelphia with the most inclusive and progressive platform the party has ever proposed and a unified recommendation from the Rules Committee on our path forward as Democrats. I am proud of my role in leading these efforts.
My first priority has always been serving the people of the 23rd district of Florida and I look forward to continuing to do that as their member of Congress for years to come. As the mother of my three amazing children and the Representative of Florida’s 23rd congressional district, I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future. I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.
Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. 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. We have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is the best convention we have ever had.”
Rep. Marcia Fudge will take over as Chair of the Democratic National Convention. Fudge represents Ohio’s 11th District and was previously the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In a statement, Fudge said, “I thank Secretary Clinton and her team for recommending me to serve as the permanent chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.” Because Wasserman Schultz is no longer the convention’s chairwoman, Fudge will gavel the sessions.
And Effective Thursday, Donna Brazile will be taking over as interim DNC Chair.