Democratic National Convention under way, minus Debbie Wasserman Schultz

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake bangs the gavel calling to order the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 25: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake bangs the gavel calling to order the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It didn’t start the way it was supposed to, but the Democratic National Convention is now officially under way.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and not Debbie Wasserman Schultz, dropped the hammer shortly after 4 p.m. to gavel in the convention.

Wasserman Schultz, as you surely know by now, was waylaid by a scandal over hacked Democratic National Committee emails that shows no sign of easing.

Democratic Party officials hoped that by having Rawlings-Blake lead the opening will keep the focus tonight on First Lady Michelle Obama. They’re probably hoping that focus is thereby less on Bernie Sanders, who also speaks tonight.

And don’t forget, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, speaks at 6 p.m.


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