Democratic Convention

Brazile to take over as interim boss at Democratic Party, race for long-term chair begins

Dissatisfaction with VP pick and departure of DNC chairwoman raise questions about unity in the Democratic Party

 

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile will take over as the group’s interim leader in the aftermath of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigning Sunday, the DNC said.

The announcement came within minutes of Wasserman Schultz stepping down amid WikiLeaks email releases that appear to show her team’s bias toward Sen. Bernie Sanders during his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Brazile is expected to serve through the election. As for a more permanent replacement, it’s unclear how many officials may be jockeying for the position. Democratic sources told Fox News that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel are being considered to replace her.

In her resignation letter, Wasserman Schultz, of Florida, said she will maintain some official duties at the Democratic National Convention, including speaking to delegates, but that she would officially resign when the event ends Thursday.

She resigns amid pressure from Sanders supporters, in an apparent effort by Washington Democrats to keep the controversy from marring the four-day convention.