The Hill, citing an anonymous source within the U.S. Senate, reported that at least a dozen officials within the Democratic party are discussing replacing Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee. Sources claim that her leadership will hurt efforts to unite the party leading up the general election in November.
“There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,” a source within the Democratic party told The Hill.
Wasserman Schultz was previously the co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have accused her of rigging the Democratic election process to favor Clinton. In December, Wasserman Schultz was the brains behind the decision to strip Sanders’ campaign of access to the DNC’s 50-state voter file. Doing so severely impacted Sanders’ operations with less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses. After facing intense criticism from Sanders’ supporters, she was forced to reverse the decision within just 24 hours.
Wasserman Schultz is fighting Tim Canova, a law professor, who is after her position and has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders. Sanders even promised that if elected, he would remove Wasserman Schultz.
Because of the tension between Wasserman Schultz and Sanders’ supporters, one source within the U.S. Senate argued, “There’s a strong sentiment that the current situation is untenable and can only be fixed by her leaving. There’s too much water under the bridge for her to be a neutral arbiter.”
For now, Wasserman Schultz has not indicated that she would resign from her position. It is expected that her replacement would not be decided on until closer to the general election, when Sanders and Clinton plan to meet to discuss uniting the party.