In a statement, Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she would “step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention.”
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2016, 4:36 PM
So much for Brotherly — or sisterly — Love.
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, which as recently as last week officials signalled would be a celebration of the newfound unity between the progressive and centrist wings of the party, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said she would resign from her post, amid a nagging email leak that that fueled allegations of favoritism and bias.
In a statement, Wasserman Schultz said she would “step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention.”
“As Party Chair, this week, I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans,” the Florida representative and party boss said. “We have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is the best convention we have ever had.”
Wasserman Schultz’s formal resignation announcement came just a day after news emerged that she had been stripped of her speaking privileges at the party’s convention in Philadelphia this week after more than 19,000 emails published through WikiLeaks depicted the Democratic Party of trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ candidacy.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
She had also been the target of intense criticism throughout the Democratic primary process over her decision to limit the number of debates and other steps that Sanders supporters felt conveyed outright support for Clinton.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) has been tapped to chair the convention in her place, while Donna Brazile, a former adviser to Bill Clinton, was named interim party chair from the end of the convention through the November election.
Following Wasserman Schultz’s statement, politicians from both sides of the aisle rushed to respond.
“For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back,” President Obama said, explaining how she helped get him reelection and led fundraising efforts. “Michelle and I are grateful for her efforts, we know she will continue to serve our country as a member of Congress from Florida and she will always be our dear friend.”
Hillary Clinton (r.) and her pick for vice president, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
Hillary Clinton said she was “grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention” and that “this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership.”
“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her reelection bid — because as President, I will need fighter like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people, she added.”
Donald Trump , for his part, tweeted that, “Today proves what I have always known.”
“That @Reince Priebus is the tough one and the smart one, not Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” he posted.