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Senate Dems Say Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is ‘Toxic’ For Party

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Senate Democrats are questioning whether DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be removed from her post as the head of the party in the wake of her negative comments about Democratic 2016 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Members of the party have expressed concern she has become too polarizing of a figure over the course of the 2016 primaries – providing unprecedented advantages in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“There is a lot of sentiment that replacing her would be a good idea,” a Democratic aide told CNN. “It is being discussed quietly among Democratic senators on the floor, in the cloakroom and in lunches.”

The aide went on to tell the news outlet they are worried she has become “too toxic” to be the face of the party.

“I don’t see how she can continue to the election,” a senator who asked to remain anonymous told The Hill. “How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts.”

Critics have alleged the Florida Democrat has scheduled debates at times that work to Clinton’s advantage. Sanders also filed a lawsuit against the DNC for blocking his access to DNC data available to the Clinton camp.

Sanders has come out in support for Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent, Tim Canova – who has reaped the benefits of the endorsement in terms of campaign donations.

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