Following revelations of emails showing what appears to be clear prejudice within the ranks of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced that she will be stepping down.
"Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention," Wasserman Schultz said in a lengthy statement Sunday announcing her resignation. "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."
Donna Brazile, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the DNC, will step in as temporary chair.
Details on how this will affect events during the convention are still emerging. President Obama has called Debbie Wasserman Schultz to thank her for her work at the DNC, saying that she has “had his back” in her time as the chair.
Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 · 8:35:15 PM +00:00 · Joan McCarter
The Clinton campaign emails this statement from Hillary Clinton:
"I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year's historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week's events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie--which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign's 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid--because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people."