Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign at end of DNC 2016

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., arrives at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, to speak with students ahead of tonight's presidential debate. AARON GOULD SHEININ / ASHEININ@AJC.COM

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., arrives at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, to speak with students ahead of tonight’s presidential debate. AARON GOULD SHEININ / ASHEININ@AJC.COM

PHILADELPHIA — This just in: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced she will step down at the end of the Democratic National Convention, which begins here Monday and ends Thursday.

In an emailed statement, Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, said, the following:

“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.”

The statement makes no mention of the ongoing controversy over the hacked DNC emails, but clearly that is context in which she will resign. It’s also important to note that, contrary to previous reports from CNN and others, Wasserman Schultz will still open and close the convention and speak to the delegates.
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