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Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns as DNC chair - but not until after convention



Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee -- but not until after the convention, a decision that won't put an end to the uproar over her leadership.

Wasserman Schultz is out after the WikiLeaks dump of internal DNC emails showing the deck was stacked against Bernie Sanders. But she has been under fire for years, accused of being abrasive and controling. President Obama and Hillary Clinton quickly isused statements praising her for her service.

Wasserman Schultz said she would open and close the convention but it's unclear if that will happen.

"We arrived here in Philadelphia with the most inclusive and progressive platform the party has ever proposed and a unified recommendation from the Rules Committee on our path forward as Democrats. I am proud of my role in leading these efforts," she wrote in a statement.

"My first priority has always been serving the people of the 23rd district of Florida and I look forward to continuing to do that as their member of Congress for years to come. As the mother of my three amazing children and the Representative of Florida’s 23rd congressional district, I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future. I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.

"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.

"I’ve been proud to serve as the first woman nominated by a sitting president as Chair of the Democratic National Committee and I am confident that the strong team in place will lead our party effectively through this election to elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president."

[Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:38pm]


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