Why Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigning? The DNC Chair Saw Multiple Allegations Against Her
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, you'd think all eyes would be on the party's obvious nominee. Instead, they're on the party's other female leader. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from the DNC after an email leak allegedly showed that she may have been involved in favoring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in this year's Democratic presidential primary race. Bustle has reached out to the DNC for comment.
On Friday, Wikileaks released some 20,000 emails from seven different DNC email accounts. Needless to say, many of the emails involve Wasserman Schultz, the committee's leader. Above all else, the emails claim that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC allegedly worked to undermine Sanders' primary campaign — a claim that he alleged and she negated time and time again throughout the primaries, saying that she was neutral throughout the entire Democratic primary season. With new email evidence, the he-said-she-said seems to have turned into a "told ya so" moment for Sanders.
As reported by CNN, one email claims to show DNC staffers discussing how to use Sanders' faith against him. The DNC allegedly might have also consulted an attorney for advice on how to defend Clinton against Sanders' claims. Sanders was among the group of critics calling for Wasserman Schultz to resign. Bustle has reached out the DNC for comment but had not received a response at the time of this writing.
Over the weekend, Wasserman Schultz reportedly had reluctantly agreed to give up her responsibilities at this week's Democratic convention. She will no longer give a speech on her party's behalf, nor will she call the activities to order every day. The Democratic Party has instead named Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio its new convention chair. According to ABC News, Fudge could also become Wasserman Schultz's replacement now that she has resigned as the DNC chair.