Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a new gig - just hours after announcing her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
The Florida Congresswoman announced her resignation on Sunday - just hours before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia - after Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 emails from DNC staffers suggesting that the committee worked to undermine fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders' campaign. Her statement read, in part:
“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.”
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.”
Wasserman Schultz will remain at the helm of the DNC through Friday, at which point Democratic strategist Donna Brazile will become the committee's interim leader.
Shortly afterwards, however, Hillary Clinton's campaign released a statement of its own:
According to The Hill, the “50-State Program” is a nationwide organizing push by the campaign to build a network of grassroots volunteers to engage their friends and neighbors in the democratic process.
In describing the program, Clinton said:
“There's gonna be campaigns in all 50 states, and we're gonna need as many people as we can to volunteer, to sign up, to help us organize, because I need your voices to be speaking out on behalf of the issues that we think are important.”
So Wasserman Schultz may be out at the DNC, but she's still got a strong place at the Democratic table, this time at the side of Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia from Monday, July 25th to Thursday, July 28th.
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