Wasserman Schultz Silent on Donna Brazile’s New Book

November 05, 2017

In 2016, Wasserman Schultz Said DNC Was ‘Mutually’ Managing Primary Process. She Avoided Commenting on Donna Brazile’s New Book

WASHINGTON – Before Wikileaks.org posted thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the DNC at the time, said the DNC was “mutually managing” the primary race between Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton.

On April 30, 2016, Schultz was asked, “Should he [Sanders] get out of the race at this point?”

“That’s not for the DNC to determine. We have 14 primaries left and we’re going to let those play out and let the candidates make those decisions on their own. But, mathematically, he’s not eliminated at this point, actually, so you know, we’re going to continue to mutually manage this primary as we have throughout the election,” she replied.

Fast forward to this past Thursday, Nov. 2, when an excerpt of Donna Brazile’s new book was released.

Brazile, who took over for Wasserman Schultz as the chair of the DNC after internal DNC emails were made public by Wikileaks.org, wrote that she was “suspicious” that the primary was rigged against Sanders. Brazile explained there was a fundraising agreement forged between the DNC and the Clinton campaign. She criticized Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the party.

“So I followed the money. My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt. As Hillary’s campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet. It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations,” Brazile wrote. “Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was. How much control Brooklyn had and for how long was still something I had been trying to uncover for the last few weeks. By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.”

On Thursday evening, this reporter asked Wasserman Schultz for her reaction to Brazile’s book but she declined to comment.