PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she will step down at end of party’s convention in the wake leaked emails that show at least some DNC officials were looking at ways to undercut Sanders’ campaign, including questioning his religious beliefs.
On the eve of the Democratic convention, party officials were already holding discussions about whether Wasserman Schultz should resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
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The Sunday afternoon discussions and decision came one day before Democrats open their convention in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate.
The discussions were prompted in part by the publication last week of some 19,000 hacked emails, some of which suggested the DNC was favoring Clinton during the primary season.
The revelations prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation Sunday.
Sanders was critical of the Florida congresswoman throughout the primary, accusing the party of rigging the process in favor of Clinton.
Earlier Sunday, The Democratic National Committee’s rules panel decided that Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio will preside over convention sessions beginning Monday.
That made clear that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would not act in that capacity; under party rules, the DNC head acts as temporary chair until a new one is voted in.
Meanwhile, a California delegate says there are serious discussions underway to challenge Hillary Clinton’s pick of Tim Kaine as her running mate.
Norman Solomon, a delegate who supports Bernie Sanders, says there is talk among Sanders’ delegates of walking out during Kaine’s acceptance speech or turning their backs as a show of protest.
Solomon said he believes a “vast majority” of Sanders delegates support these kinds of protests to express their dismay. Sanders’ supporters say they are concerned that Kaine is not progressive enough.
Earlier Sunday, Bernie Sanders said he wanted Wasserman Schultz to step down – after leaked emails suggested the party played favorites during the presidential primary.
Here’s what Sanders tells ABC’s “This Week”: “I’m not shocked, but I am disappointed.”
Emails posted to the website Wikileaks show that at least some DNC officials were looking at ways to undercut Sanders’ campaign, including questioning his religious beliefs.
Sanders said that Wasserman Schultz, should resign immediately.