Leading up to the Democrat National Convention, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman, was probably the least popular Democrat there. When her emails were revealed, she was actively favoring Hillary and shooting down Bernie. Why did it come to that? Why didn’t President Obama replace her? Here are some of the details.
As Written By Glenn Thrush, Gabriel Debenedetti and Edward-Isaac Dovere for POLITICO:
Inside the scramble to oust Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Aides to President Barack Obama urged him to get rid of the troublesome DNC chair last fall. He passed, figuring she was Hillary Clinton’s problem to solve.
Hillary Clinton and her team aren’t thrilled that the head of the Democratic National Committee was forced out on the eve of the nominee’s coronation — but they aren’t exactly distraught to see Debbie Wasserman Schultz booted from the tent.
Several senior Democratic officials with ties to Hillary and Bill Clinton told POLITICO that campaign higher-ups have been trying to replace the oft-off-message Florida congresswoman from the start of Clinton’s campaign late last year.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman — and a former top adviser to Barack Obama — broached the idea of replacing Wasserman Schultz as early as last fall, only to be rebuffed by the president’s team, according to two people with direct knowledge of the conversation.
“It came down to the fact that the president didn’t want the hassle of getting rid of Debbie,” said a former top Obama adviser. “It’s been a huge problem for the Clintons, but the president just didn’t want the …..
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