Calls Continue for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Leave Post as DNC Head

ByAli Weinberg and Meghan Keneally
May 25, 2016, 4:32 PM
PHOTO: Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is interviewed on March 21, 2016, in New York.
Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is interviewed on March 21, 2016, in New York.
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— -- Speculation reached a tipping point today over whether or not Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down from her post as the head of the Democratic Party.

The Bernie Sanders campaign has been warring with Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair. Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said he was being "diplomatic" by asking her to leave.

"I think someone else could play a more positive role," Weaver said when asked whether or not he wanted her to resign during an interview on CNN.

"I think what the party needs...is a person at the end of the DNC who can help unify the party and bring the various factions of the party together," he said.

He added: "There's been a pattern of conduct which calls into question whether she can really be the kind of unifying force we need in the Democratic Party."

Weaver isn't alone. Several online petitions have been launched to remove Wasserman Schultz. A petition on MoveOn.org has more than 83,600 signatures.

Wasserman Schultz told ABC News today that the criticism has "not at all" impacted her ability to do the job.

She said that she's focused right now on "wrapping up our primary" and winning the White House.

Several senators have thrown their support behind her, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz has the respect of her colleagues for her efforts and her leadership to unify the party and to win the election in November,” Pelosi told reporters.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) told ABC News that the tension has not been helpful.

"I understand the anger and frustration of many in the Sanders camp who feel that from state to state the process hasn’t been as open or fair as they had hoped or wanted because they’re disappointed in the outcome, but I don’t see how replacing the chair of the DNC substantively moves us forward," Coons said.

"Continuing to pick fights that are looking backwards rather than looking forwards, I don’t see as constructive towards a goal of getting us towards a Senate Democratic majority and a Democratic president," he continued.

Sen. Barbara Boxer came to her defense, saying Wasserman Schultz has been handling "a very difficult primary."

"I don't see what the problem is with Debbie. I really don't," Boxer said.

Hillary Clinton's campaign spokesman Brian Fallon came to Wasserman Schultz's defense on CNN as well, saying that they view her as "a very dedicated leader for our party."

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