Nancy Pelosi Side-Steps Around Whether Debbie Wasserman Schultz Should Step Down

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi side-stepped around whether she thinks Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down from her position during her weekly press conference Thursday.

“Well, I’m an ex officio, I guess now a leader, but I was on the DNC a long time before I came to Congress,” Pelosi said. “And we took great pride in being the ones who voted for who would be the chair of the DNC. So if you want to know who’s going to be chair of the DNC, I think you should look to the membership of the Democratic National Committee.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s primary rival, has slammed Wasserman Schultz, repeatedly calling for her resignation and backed her primary opponent. He has filed a lawsuit against the DNC, which was later dropped, over the organization giving the Clinton campaign access to party donor files the Sanders camp did not have access to.

“Name is on the ballot, you take everyone seriously,” Wasserman Schultz told the Daily Caller News Foundation when asked if she was concerned about her seat.

Critics of Wasserman Schultz have also alleged she set up debate times to give Clinton an edge.

“Again, who is the chair of the committee is up to the members of the Democratic National Committee,” Pelosi said when questioned by a reporter on whether she should be replaced.

Clinton told USA Today she hasn’t ruled out replacing the chairman if elected.

Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent, Tim Canova, has raised nearly $1 million – largely from Sanders supporter

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