UPDATE (7/24/16 3:08pm CST):
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has indicated she will step down as Party Chair after opening and closing the Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday. A statement reads, in part:
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to 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.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Exit Hastened By Email Leak
Story updated 7/24/16: DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was already expected to relinquish control of the committee following Clinton’s defeat of Sanders. After a massive dump of 20,000 DNC emails hit Wikileaks, however, Schultz has been barred from speaking at the party’s convention, which begins Monday. She has reportedly been replaced as the convention’s chair.
Embattled DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been barred from speaking at the Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday. According to NPR, Schultz has also been canned as convention chair. “She’s been quarantined,” a Democratic Party source told CNN.
On Sunday, the office of Rep. Marcia Fudge reached out to NRP and indicated she “has been named permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention”, thereby replacing Schultz.
Schultz is reportedly in meetings with Democratic leaders about her future in the party, after it was discovered the DNC violated their own rules regarding neutrality.
Bernie Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver told ABC News that “someone needs to be held accountable” for the blatant bias revealed by a massive Wikileaks dump of hacked DNC emails.
“We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama’s speech were taken by Mrs. Trump. Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign.”
Original story printed 6/16/16:
Clinton Campaign Moves To Take Control Of DNC
Embattled DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will relinquish control of the Democratic Party to Brandon Davis, the newly appointed General Election Chief of Staff.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been a divisive figure in the Democratic Party, particularly during the 2015-16 primary election. Critics of the embattled chairwoman include both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters. The former accuse her of helping Clinton’s campaign, and the latter have a distaste for her stretching as far back as the last mid-term elections.
It’s one of the few issues Berniecrats and Clintonistas have in common: Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to go.
Her critics will get their wish as the Clinton campaign takes control of the DNC. Having assumed victory, they’re installing a new top official to oversee the Democratic Party’s day-to-day operations, from here through the general election. Brandon Davis, the National Political Director for the Service Employees International Union, is to be appointed the title of General Election Chief of Staff for the Democratic Party.
“We have a lot of work to do over the next five months to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, introducing Davis to the staff at the Democratic headquarters in Washington D.C. “With so much at stake in this election, we could not ask for a better partner in that mission than the team here.”
Wasserman Schultz will retain her position as Chairwoman, likely until the Democratic Convention next month. As former DNC chair Howard Dean points out, Schultz’ title has become largely meaningless. “This is in fact what happens,” Dean told CNN. “Debbie will still have the title, but somebody else will be the effective operator of the DNC. It’s Hillary’s pick.”
Meet Brandon Davis, De-Facto Chairman Of The DNC
Brandon Davis is a union leader and advocate for working families.
Bernie Sanders, who plans on promoting his platform of universal healthcare, tuition-free public education, and progressive taxation at the Democratic Convention, has made the need for a change in Democratic leadership a central issue of his campaign. He raised the issue again yesterday during a private meeting with Clinton.
Davis is an obscure figure, but what little is known about him seems to indicate he will take the party in a more progressive direction than his predecessor. In 2007, the Service Employees International Union, one of the country’s largest, appointed him as their National Political Director.
According to fundraising organization Democratic Gain, Davis “leads one of the nation’s largest political programs dedicated to winning for working families,” and is “tasked with developing and implementing a national member focused and member driven campaign” to win key elections and build “permanent political infrastructure in the field that will lead to real policy change for working families”.
“SEIU’s political and electoral program is focused on advancing the major issue areas of a winning agenda for working families and the 99 percent: good jobs; tax fairness; and end cuts to essential services like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; and comprehensive immigration reform.”
Before becoming SEIU’s National Political Director, Davis was the union’s Deputy National Political Director for Member Engagement, and worked to win “historic national healthcare reform.”