Disgraced Dem Party boss 'proud' of her DNC tenure
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has responded to a searing critique running the Democrat National Committee, saying she is 'proud' of her controversial tenure but failing to address claims she essentially handed over the party to Hillary Clinton.
The former DNC chair issued a statement after her successor, interim chair Donna Brazile, released a book excerpt where she said Wasserman Schultz was 'not a good manager' and allowed Clinton to virtually take over the party even before she captured the nomination.
'It was a tremendous honor to be asked by President Obama to serve as chair of the DNC,' the Florida Democrat said in a statement reported by MSNBC.
'I am proud of the work our team did to support Democrats up and down the ballot in the 2016 election and to re-elect the president in 2012.'
Her statement continued to gush about party unity without directly responding to any of Brazile's charges about her tenure.
'With Donald Trump in the White House, Democrats must stay focused on enacting a progressive agenda to protect our citizens, our values and our democracy and remain united towards our goal of electing Democratic congressional majorities congressional majorities in 2018,' she continued.
Hillary Clinton's campaign seized control of the Democratic National Committee months before she won her party's nomination, diverted resources away from struggling state parties, and allowed the national party to accumulate a mountain of debt, writes Brazile.
Brazile made the charge in a tell-all article about the dysfunction and mismanagement she uncovered at the organization she was brought in to run after hacked emails revealed efforts by party insiders to tilt the scales toward Clinton.
Brazile, who was herself thrown into controversy when it was revealed she passed on debate questions to the Clinton camp, unloads on her predecessor, Wasserman Schultz, and discloses a smoking gun document in the form of a fundraising agreement that sent resources to the Clinton camp.
Astonishingly, Elizabeth Warren - who campaigned with Clinton - said she believed Brazile.
Asked on CNN by Jake Tapper: 'Do you agree with notion that it was rigged' she answered simply: 'Yes.'
President Trump has leapt on the controversy generated by the stunning article, returning to his 2016 pronouncements about 'Crooked Hillary' and 'crazy Bernie.'
'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,' Brazile writes in an essay in Politico magazine.
Brazile only learned of the party's financial troubles in July after she was named interim chair after Wasserman Schultz stepped down, in a call with CFO Gary Gensler.
'What?' I screamed. 'I am an officer of the party and they've been telling us everything is fine and they were raising money with no problems,' she writes that she told him.
One culprit was President Obama, who failed to refill party coffers after his 2012 win.
'Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama's campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016,' Brazile writes.
Clinton's fundraising took care of the remaining debt - then put the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral until there is a nominee, on 'an allowance.