A day after announcing she would resign as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, following the leak of internal party emails, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed at a pre-convention delegation breakfast in Philadelphia.
Despite the efforts of an event organizer to quiet the crowd, the jeering persisted throughout Wasserman Schultz’s address, as detractors shouted “Shame on you!” and “You rigged the election!
BREAKING: Outgoing Democratic Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled at Florida breakfast, opponents shout, "Shame."
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Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday that she would be stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, in the wake of revelations from internal emails posted online by Wikileaks, that appeared to show that DNC officials planned to damage Bernie Sanders’s Democratic primary campaign.
Wasserman Schultz’s leadership was already contentious, NBC reports, and the emails were the final straw in an atmosphere in which party unity is at stake.
Sanders said Wasserman Schultz had made the “right decision” and thanked her for her years of service, adding that “the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”
Hillary Clinton said in a statement after the resignation: “I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years.”
Wasserman Schultz said she plans to step down at the end of the convention, opening and closing the event as Party Chair. Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge will serve as chair of the Democratic National Convention which begins on Monday. Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim Chair through the election.
While Wasserman Schultz’s role at the convention has been diminished, she intends to make her mark on the campaign trail, saying that the public “will see me every day” between now and the election.
Update: Wasserman Schultz did not kick off the convention as planned, telling Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, “I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention.”
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake opened the convention in her place.