25 Jul

DNC Chair Resigns Following String Of Controversies and More



The McGlynn: No one should be surprised. Many of us have called for her resignation for a long time.

CNN reports that she’s not resigning until at the end of the convention and that she’ll be opening and closing the convention and even speaking there.

She should resign NOW!!

I am looking forward to this evening when she is at the podium. What the Hell, I am going to laugh my damn head off.

The McGlynn

DNC Chair Resigns Following String Of Controversies… Dems Dump One Centrist Loyalist For Another With Donna Brazile Replacement…  Sanders: ‘The Right Decision For The Future Of The Democratic Party’… Calls Email Leak ‘Outrageous’… Clinton Camp Suggests Russians Leaked Emails To Help Trump…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns As Democratic Party Chair

The Florida congresswoman had faced calls to resign for months, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his supporters accused her of rigging the Democratic primaries against him.

After mounting pressure from party officials, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on Sunday, sending the party into turmoil ahead of its convention this week.

In a statement, the Florida congresswoman said that she will step down immediately after the convention.

“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,” she said. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention.”

Donna Brazile, the DNC’s vice chair, will serve as interim chair through the election, the DNC communications director announced.

Wasserman Schultz faced criticisms and calls to resign for months, spurred by a series of controversies involving the party’s handling of the insurgent presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But she had insisted that she would remain as chair until after the general election in November.

The final push to derail her came from an email leak last week, which revealed that DNC staffers actively tried to obstruct Sanders’ primary campaign against eventual nominee Hillary Clinton. In response to the leak, party officials announced that Wasserman Schultz would play a minimal role in this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. However, according to her statement, she will address and chair the convention.

Wasserman Schultz’s exit sends the party into a state of uncertainty. After the bruising and contentious primary battle between Clinton and Sanders, the party tried to put on a united front for the convention and general election, including granting concessions to Sanders’ campaign. Clinton also adopted some parts of his progressive policy platform to attempt to woo his supporters, and Sanders put aside his differences and endorsed her.

President Barack Obama expressed gratitude for her work in a statement.

“For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back,” he wrote.

“Her leadership of the DNC has meant that we had someone who brought Democrats together not just for my re-election campaign, but for accomplishing the shared goals we have had for our country,” he continued. “Her critical role in supporting our economic recovery, our fights for social and civil justice and providing health care for all Americans will be a hallmark of her tenure as Party Chair. Her fundraising and organizing skills were matched only by her passion, her commitment and her warmth.”

Clinton also responded in a statement thanking her “longtime friend” for her service. She also announced that Wasserman Schultz would serve as her campaign’s honorary chair………..

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With Donna Brazile, Democrats Dump One Centrist Loyalist For Another

Everyone knew Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on her way out as DNC chair, but replacing her with Donna Brazile isn’t much of a change.

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PHILADELPHIA ? Back in May, just as Hillary Clinton was locking up the Democratic nomination, a top Democrat in Congress told me that the then-reigning chairwoman of the party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, would be out of a job soon.

“The Bernie Sanders people can’t stand her, she has been doing too much too obviously for Hillary,” said this Democrat, a Hillary supporter who had roots in the Obama 2008 campaign.

“She’ll be out, sooner or later.”

Well, later is now. This morning, this person told me, “I don’t like her chances.” A few hours later, she was gone.

But it should be noted that DWS is being replaced ? until the election ? by another woman who was clearly friendly toward Clinton behind the scenes and whose background is no more tied to the Bernie Sanders revolution than Wasserman Schultz’s was.

Donna Brazile, a genial 56-year-old political consultant and commentator from Louisiana, has been involved in centrist ? not left-leaning ? Democratic Party intramural politics for decades…………….. She was allied in her early years with the then-new Democratic Leadership Council, a group formed in 1985 after the “liberal” candidacy of Walter Mondale lost 49 states to President Ronald Reagan.

A rump parliament of Blue Dog conservative Democrats and moderates such as Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas and Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri founded the group to pull the party away from its reliance on unions, urban voters and left-leaning theorists ? and toward an alliance with Wall Street, corporations and “Reagan Democrat” cultural conservatives who favored the death penalty and welfare reform………………

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday called the leak of Democratic National Committee emails suggesting a bias against his presidential campaign “outrageous” and reiterated his call for DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) to resign.

The senator got his wish hours later, when Wasserman Schultz announced she was stepping down as chair immediately after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” earlier Sunday, Sanders said the information exposed in the leak was “not a great shock to me.”

“There’s no question in my mind and no question to any objective observer’s mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton and was in opposition to our campaign,” he said.

“That is why, many, many months ago, I made it clear that I thought Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign, should step down, not only because of the prejudice I think they showed during the campaign, but also because I think we need a new leadership in the Democratic Party, which is going to open up that party to working people, to young people,” said Sanders, who has endorsed Clinton but has not officially suspended his campaign.

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Sanders: Wasserman Schultz made ‘right decision’ to resign from DNC

By Jessie Hellmann

 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday praised Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision to step down as head of the Democratic National Committee, while taking the opportunity to admonish her for not remaining impartial in the presidential election.

In a statement, Sanders said the Democratic National Committee needs new leadership. “Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people,” Sanders said.

“The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”

Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday afternoon that she will step down as party chairman following the nominating convention in Philadelphia this week.

She will still open and close the convention, as well as address delegates “about the stakes involved in this election, in what will surely be a tense appearance on stage.

The move is the culmination of months of accusations that the chairwoman had put her thumb on the scales for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Sanders, and comes less than two days after a hacker leaked emails lending credence to that theory.

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Mook suggests Russians leaked DNC emails to help Trump


Clinton Camp Suggests Russians Leaked Emails To Help Trump…

Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook suggested Sunday that internal DNC emails leaked last week were an effort from the Russians to help Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“What’s disturbing to us is that experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually of helping Donald Trump,” Mook said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention.”

Mook did not provide evidence that the Russians were trying to help Trump when pressed by CNN’s Jake Tapper to back up his charges, instead falling back on what “experts” were saying.

“This isn’t my assertion — there are a number of experts that are asserting this,” Mook said. “I think we need to get to the bottom of these facts. But that’s what experts are telling us. Experts are telling us it is, in fact, the Russians who hacked these emails.”

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