Demo­cratic Party chair re­signs over email leaks

The Myanmar Times - - World -

EM­BAT­TLED Demo­cratic Party chair Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz said she is resigning, fol­low­ing a leak of emails sug­gest­ing an in­sider at­tempt to hob­ble the cam­paign of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s ri­val in the White House pri­maries Bernie San­ders.

Ms Wasser­man Schultz will step down at the end of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion, she said on July 24 on the eve of the con­fab here that is set to anoint Ms Clin­ton as the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

Her de­par­ture, long sought by Mr San­ders, is aimed at draw­ing a line un­der the scan­dal as es­tab­lish­ment Democrats seek des­per­ately to unite the party be­hind the cam­paign of for­mer sec­re­tary of state Ms Clin­ton, who goes up against Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump in the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

Ms Wasser­man Schultz, a con­gress­woman from Florida, re­it­er­ated her in­ten­tion to be a sur­ro­gate for Ms Clin­ton in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, but said her five-year stint lead­ing the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee was over.

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

She said she will still open and close the con­ven­tion, al­though party lead­ers may not agree to it.

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