Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced today in a statement that she will be stepping down as Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, effective immediately after the 2016 Democratic National Convention. This move comes amid the release of leaked emails that show DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Vermont Senator and former 2016 presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders in the party’s 2016 primary contest as well as from immense pressure from top Democrats.
Wasserman Schultz said in the statement that “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,” she continued. “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.” she added.
Vice Chair, Donna Brazile, will serve as the DNC’s interim chair following the resignation.
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