The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said she will resign this week in the aftermath of the release of thousands of embarrassing internal email exchanges among Democratic officials.
The episode had pitched the party into turmoil on the eve of a convention that was promised to showcase unity.
“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released Sunday. “I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.”
Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from south Florida, said her resignation will take effect upon the close of the convention. It came amid a growing drumbeat for her to step aside.
“I would ask her to step aside,” David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Obama, said on CNN of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “I would ask her to step aside, because she’s a distraction on a week that is Hillary Clinton’s week.”
In a trove of messages released by hackers on the website WikiLeaks, party officials discuss boosting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy during the primaries — and disparage Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The Clinton campaign — and several cyber security experts — said the leak was a political ploy carried out by the Russian government to aid in the election of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Consider this an open thread. Who should replace her? What’s your assessment of how she performed overall? Will this e-mail controversy produce pandemonium in Philadelphia?