Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t have any public role whatsoever in the Democratic National Convention, including gaveling the convention in and out, as the party scrambles to contain the fallout of recent Democratic National Committee email leaks.
Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will step down as DNC chairwoman at the end of the week. The same day, it emerged that in an effort to prevent convention floor “chaos,” she wouldn’t be allowed to be give a speech at the convention.
Still, it was expected that Wasserman Schultz would at least gavel the convention in and out, as that roll is traditionally entrusted to the party chair. But on Monday, Wasserman Schultz told the Miami Sun-Sentinel that she won’t even be doing that.
“I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention,” Wasserman Schultz told the paper, before declining to answer any further questions.
The move isn’t terribly surprising after the awful reception Wasserman Schultz received Friday morning at a meeting of the Florida DNC delegation. Her brief address was met by a chorus of boos from the delegation, and she had to be quickly hustled away afterwards by her security. Democrats likely feared an even more embarrassing re-run at the convention itself, and responded by trying to neutralize the threat in advance.
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