Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not speak at the convention this week after leaked internal DNC emails suggested favoritism toward Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary.
Fearing boos from her own party, Wasserman Schultz decided not to address the convention, according to multiple Democratic convention officials.
Rep. Marcia Fudge will serve as chair of the convention. That move was ratified by the convention’s Rules Committee on Saturday night. Wasserman Schultz had been in place as the temporary chair of the convention until the Rules Committee voted in Fudge, who was slated to preside over the convention, as the presiding chair. The party chair typically serves as temporary convention chair until the permanent chair is named.
And that is not the end of it. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that Wasserman-Schultz should resign now, in the wake of email leaks that showed the DNC and Wasserman Schultz working against the Sanders campaign despite vows to remain neutral in the Democratic primary.
“I think she should resign, period,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction.”
Sanders said he was “not shocked” by what came out of the email leak of internal DNC correspondence obtained and posted by WikiLeaks on Friday. “I’m disappointed, and that’s the way it is,” the Vermont independent said.