Clin­ton cam­paign weighed forc­ing out Demo­cratic chair

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

As early as last De­cem­ber, the Clin­ton cam­paign was plot­ting ways to side­line the head of the Demo­cratic Party amid com­plaints about in­ter­nal fights in the party’s lead­er­ship, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Wik­iLeaks re­lease of hacked emails.

Among the op­tions for Florida Rep. Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz was neu­tral­iz­ing her and then forc­ing her out af­ter the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia in July. Other op­tions for­warded by top cam­paign aide Heather Stone would have kept Wasser­man Schultz in place but in a weak­ened ca­pac­ity as a fig­ure­head or a co-chair­woman who would cede power to a “gen­eral elec­tion chair” named by Clin­ton.

The memo urged “sys­temic shifts at the DNC lead­er­ship level” to help Clin­ton win a gen­eral elec­tion. The memo was part of the lat­est trove of emails stolen from Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta and re­leased Tues­day.

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