Will Dems Oust DNC Chair Over Sanders Feud?

DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz to Bernie Sanders: "hashtag SMH."

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz., Sen. Bernie Sanders at University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016 (AP).

DNC Chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Sen. Bernie Sanders at University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016 (AP).

Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing the possible removal of current Democratic National Convention chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Hill reports that Florida Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s ongoing squabbles with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (in which she uses Internet acronyms) have made her a controversial a figure to some Democrats who worry she may divide voters at the convention to be held in Philly this July.

“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,” one anonymous pro-Clinton Democratic senator reportedly told The Hill

But not all senators agree. Senator Bill Nelson told The Hill that Wasserman Schultz is staying where she is.

“We don’t need to be making a change in chairs right now as we’re coming to the conclusion of this,” Senator Tim Kaine, a former DNC chairman, told The Hill. “I strongly believe that.”

Still, Democrats believe unity is key in selecting a candidate that will defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump this fall.

Wasserman Schultz recently condemned Sanders for what she believed was an inadequate response to “chaos” at the party’s Nevada convention held earlier in May.

The Sanders campaign released a statement after the convention condemning violence and threats, but Wasserman Schultz said it wasn’t enough.

Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, told CNN that Wasserman Schultz has been “throwing shade” on the Sanders campaign from the very beginning.

“It’s not the DNC,” Weaver told CNN. “By and large, people in the DNC have been good to us. Debbie Wasserman Schultz really is the exception.”

Wasserman Schultz responded by referring to the “hashtag SMH” (shaking my head).


Bernie Sanders recently said that if elected president, he would not reappoint Wasserman Schultz as DNC chairwoman. He instead supports her opponent, Tim Canova, a law professor who has campaigned against Wasserman Schultz for her South Florida congressional seat.

“His views are much closer to mine than Wasserman Schultz’s,” Sanders told CNN.

Wasserman Schultz, who was selected by President Obama as chairwoman in 2011, has not indicated any intention to leave her post.

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