The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has announced her resignation on the eve of the party’s convention. Schultz said she would step down after the convention. It is being believed that she is being forced to step aside after the revelation of internal emails by WikiLeaks. The leaked emails showed officials of the DNC favouring Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary and plotting against Bernie Sanders. This development in the DNC raises new questions regarding the source of the leaked emails, which were released on Friday.
Internally, the resignation may reduce tensions, removing from centre-stage a figure who is not particularly appreciated by the large number of pro-Sanders. However, the confusion risks undermining public attempts to prove that Democrats have come together as a party in order to draw a contrast with chaotic scenes at the Republican convention in Cleveland last week.
Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida has been found writing dismissively of the Sanders campaign. On Sunday, she said she discussed her decision with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, with the object of helping the party secure the election in November.
Wasserman Schultz released a statement, saying, “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 reiterated her party’s commitment to be united. “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.”