Democrats on capitol hill are discussing whether Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign from Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair before the party’s national convention in July.
According to the Hill, democrats who are behind Hillary Clinton are fearing that Wasserman Schultz is increasingly becoming a negative influence to tear the party apart and thus reducing Clinton’s chances against republican candidate Donald Trump.
Schultz has been continuously criticized for violating the DNC rule and stacking the deck in favor of secretary Clinton. She is also criticized for being particularly harsh against Clinton’s rival Sanders, despite both of the candidates being in the same boat. Some of her most controversial demeanors include dismantling Sander’s campaign over one staff’s mistake, lining up superdelegates for Clinton even before the first debate etc.
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She was also caught organizing a fundraiser for Clinton campaign, which clearly violates the DNC rule below, according to US Uncut.
“The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and even-handedness during the Democratic Party Presidential nominating process.”
Bernie Sanders has openly declared a war against Schultz and the entire Democratic establishment in his speeches.
“It’s been pretty clear… almost from the get-go that [Schultz] has been working against Bernie Sanders,” he told MSNBC. “I mean there’s no doubt about it, for personal reasons.”
Schultz has been dismissing all the accusations against her. On the same program, Schultz was reported saying that the fact that the Sanders campaign has issued a ” ‘but’ in between condemnation of violence and frustration over the process seems to excuse their supporters’ actions, which is unacceptable.”
According to Fox News, Schultz is now facing pressure about the situation. Liberal commentator and former Obama adviser Van Jones told CNN Wednesday that he wishes Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was leading the Democrats.
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The fears that Schultz is polarising the DNC is now starting to get increasingly vocal inside the DNC.
” ‘There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,’ said one pro-Clinton Democratic senator.”
The lawmaker also disclosed that senators are now having private discussions about the future of Wasserman Schultz’s future.
” ‘I don’t see how she can continue to the election. How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts,’ said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.”
The Hill also reported another pro Clinton democratic senator saying that Wasserman Schultz will hurt Clinton’s chances of rallying the liberal base in the fall.
“We need to get this figured out and come together… Hillary’s got the nomination. She needs Bernie’s energy. It’s time for her to accommodate. It’s time to pick hard-nosed people to cut through things and figure out a deal.
“They need to know this is their party,” the lawmaker said, observing that if Wasserman Schultz were to be replaced as party leader, young liberals may become more enthusiastic about the ticket.
Sanders’ campaign has expressed no love for the DNC chair and continuously criticised Schultz. Recently, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver alleged that Wasserman Schultz has been “working against” Sanders for “personal reasons.”
“It’s been clear there is a pattern of conduct from the beginning of this campaign that has been hostile to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and really, she’s become a divisive figure in the party,” he told MSNBC host Steve Kornacki.
This makes the job of unifying the party amid the Sanders-Clinton divide a daunting task for Schultz. But for the time being, Schultz seems in no mood for losing her job. The Florida congresswoman has indicated that she does not have any plans to leave her post.
The Senate sources indicate that the final decision won’t be made until Clinton and Sanders find a compromise to unite the dissatisfied fragments and make the party stronger.
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