Democratic Party chair resigns over email leaks
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.