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Debbie Wasserman Schultz booed at Florida delegation breakfast

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, July 25, 2016, 10:29 AM

The boobirds came out early in Philadelphia.

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) got a round of hearty boos Monday morning as she spoke to her home-state delegation’s breakfast following her decision to resign from the DNC after hacked emails suggested a bias from her and others in the organization against Bernie Sanders during Democrats’ heated primary.

After initial chants of “Debbie, Debbie” from her home-state loyalists, Wasserman Schultz was met with a chorus of boos from pro-Sanders activists crashing the party, who waved “e-mails” signs attacking not just the chairwoman but seemingly taking a shot at Hillary Clinton as well.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast on July 25, 2016.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast on July 25, 2016.

(Matt Slocum/AP)

“Settle down, everybody,” she attempted as the meeting got underway. When that wasn’t enough, another woman attempted to gavel them down, but the boos continued.

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“I can see other’s a little bit of interest in my being here and I appreciate that interest,” the chairwoman said drily. Nothing good shut up the protestors — not her attempts to change the subject by bringing up the latest mass shooting, not her discussion of her survival of breast cancer.

“The voices in this room that are standing up and being disruptive, we know that that’s not the Florida we know,” she said, lecturing the crowd like a kindergarten teacher.

The overt hostility following the chairwoman’s decision to resign under pressure from Democrats of all stripes is an embarrassing black eye for the party — and couldn’t come at a worst time, happening as Democrats convene for the first day of their national convention in Philadelphia.

Protesters yell as DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz arrives at a Florida delegation breakfast.

Protesters yell as DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz arrives at a Florida delegation breakfast.

(Matt Slocum/AP)

Wasserman Schultz is slotted to remain chairwoman throughout the week, and is slotted to speak to the full convention on Monday, though the hostile reception she received Monday morning may be enough to persuade Democrats of how bad an idea that might be.

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The chairwoman has long a villain to Bernie backers for her perceived bias towards Clinton during the primary. The final blow came following a WikiLeaks release of emails (that may have been hacked by Russia) in which she called Sanders’ campaign manager an “ass” and slammed the candidate for not being a real Democrat, and other staffers a the ostensibly neutral organization schemed ways to hurt Sanders’ campaign.

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