Just moments after being pushed aside as chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention, the party’s chairwoman has been ousted completely.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as chair of the Democratic National Committee when the convention is over on Thursday.
Her resignation – under pressure from top Democrats – comes amid hackers’ release of thousands of emails, many of which show DNC staffers conspiring with Hillary Clinton – and against Bernie Sanders.
DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as Interim Chair through the election #DNCinPHL
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She announced her resignation Sunday afternoon, saying that she remains “committed to seeing Clinton elected president. She said she spoke with both Barack Obama and Hillary before making her announcement, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Wasserman Schultz said in her statement.
“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,” she said. “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.”
DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazille will step in as interim chair through the November Election.
Separately, a Democratic operative said Hispanic leaders close to Clinton and her high command were discussing Housing Secretary Julian Castro as a possible successor to Wasserman Schultz at the DNC helm.
Chants of “Debbie resigned” broke out at a pro-Sanders rally in Philadelphia after the news was announced.
Party officials decided Saturday that Wasserman Schultz would not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week.
The DNC Rules Committee has named Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as permanent chair of the convention, according to a DNC source. She will gavel each session to order and will gavel each session closed.
“She’s been quarantined,” another top Democrat said of Wasserman Schultz, following a meeting Saturday night.