Update, 4:10 p.m.: DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she will step down following the convention.
BREAKING: DWS is out after convention pic.twitter.com/CZVf8TWRqu— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 24, 2016
Original Post: Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out as chair of next week’s Democratic convention in the wake of leaked DNC emails that appear to show the party was partial to a Clinton nomination. The embattled party head “will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week,” according to CNN. The party chair is usually highly visible at either party’s convention; GOP head Reince Priebus was a consistent presence onstage during last week’s Republican National Convention. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio has been tapped to handle the day-to-day procedural operations of the Democrats’ convention, according to CNN.
The Florida congresswoman has faced criticism throughout the nominating process, largely from supporters of Bernie Sanders, who accused the party of favoring a Clinton nomination. Wasserman Schultz served as campaign co-chairwoman for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run. Sanders has been critical of Wasserman Schultz’s tenure and again called for her resignation on Sunday. The move to reduce Wasserman Schultz’s visibility comes on the eve of the convention and is an apparent attempt to keep the proceedings from running off the rails.