UPDATE: In a statement released Sunday (July 24) Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned as chair of the Democratic National Committee amid criticisms related to the DNC email leak scandal. Her resignation will be effective immediately after the party convention in Philadelphia. Longtime party operative Donna Brazile will be the interim chair of the committee, and Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio has been named chair of the Democratic National Convention. See the full story below:
Bernie Sanders may be out of the running in the race to the White House, but he’s just shown he can still pack a punch when it comes to fighting the establishment.
Debbie Wassermann Schultz will not speak or preside over daily functions at the Democratic Convention next week, CNN reports. It is a move that comes directly after Sanders called for her to step down as Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Sanders’ call was a response to a Wikileaks hack late last week that made tens of thousands of DNC emails public and gave weight to his longtime accusation that the party establishment was helping to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign while undermining his own.
“I told you long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair campaign, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton,” Sanders told George Stephanoplous today on ABC’s This Week, before calling on air for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation. The news was later reported that Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, will be permanent chair of the convention where Clinton is set to accept the party’s nomination as their 2016 presidential candidate.