A top Democratic National Committee official called Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz the equivalent of a liar on Thursday, as the organization was roiled in controversy over the presidential primary process.
R. T. Rybak, a vice chairman of the organization and the former mayor of Minneapolis, told The New York Times that after “flat-out not true” comments from Wasserman Schultz, he had doubts about her ability to run the organization:
“I am seriously questioning whether she has the capacity to do what has to be done."
The saga started earlier this week, when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, another DNC official, publicly requested more debates than the six currently scheduled, only to be reportedly told that she'd been uninvited from the debate.
Wasserman Schultz fired back, saying Gabbard's statements were “simply not true.”
Then, on Thursday, Rybak brought down the hammer, telling the NYTimes's Maggie Haberman he was stunned that Wasserman Schultz:
“would knowingly say something that is flat-out not true.”
Rybak rebutted Wasserman Schultz's points about communication between officials at the DNC, saying that they had not been consulted about the paucity of debates between candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
The New York Times also revealed that Amy Dacey, the DNC's chief of staff, confirmed Rybak and Gabbard's account, saying that vice chairs were “notified,” but not consulted as part of the decision making process.
With a tightening race between Sanders and Clinton and a DNC where leaders are openly calling each other liars and questioning whether they're qualified to lead, the Democratic presidential primary might become a mess they never imagined possible.