Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Step Down
Wasserman Schultz says she will speak at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of the upcoming Democratic National Convention, which gets underway Monday in Philadelphia.
The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries. The situation prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders on Sunday to call for Wasserman Schultz's immediate resignation.
Sanders said the following in a statement following Wasserman Shultz's resignation: "Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”
In a statement, Wasserman Schultz said she still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the DNC. She also said she will speak at the four-day gathering.
President Barack Obama said he is "grateful" for Wasserman Schultz's leadership at the Democratic National Committee.
Obama said in a statement that the Florida congresswoman has "had my back," particularly during his 2012 re-election campaign. He also said she played a critical role in supporting the nation's economic recovery and his effort to overhaul the nation's health care system. He added that no one works harder for their constituents.
Hillary Clinton said that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign's 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said she looks forward to campaigning with Wasserman Schultz in Florida "and helping her re-election bid."