A day of humiliation for party chair underscores Democratic divide – The Washington Post

The Washington Post’s Abby D. Phillip explains the circumstances around Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision to resign as chair of the Democratic National Committee. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

By Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe July 25 at 7:55 PM

PHILADELPHIA — What was supposed to be a morning of personal triumph for Debbie Wasserman Schultz — rallying her home-state delegation before opening the Democratic National Convention she had orchestrated — suddenly became one of humiliation.

“Shame!” people in the room jeered as the congresswoman addressed a Monday breakfast of the Florida delegation. “Shame!”

It was a cringe-worthy, nationally televised spectacle that exposed deep divisions within the Democratic Party and reopened raw wounds from the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders primary battles. By the afternoon, Wasserman Schultz had disappeared here in Philadelphia, after also giving up her speaking slot and her ceremonial role gaveling the convention to order.

On Sunday, Wasserman Schultz had announced plans to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee effective Friday, after leaked emails among her and her top aides revealed favoritism for Clinton during the presidential primaries.

The party’s turmoil drove conversation in Philadelphia’s sweltering streets Monday, with elected officials and delegates agitated and alarmed that it was over­shadowing the convention’s kickoff. The four-day production had been carefully choreographed to be a week-long celebration of unity behind Clinton, about to become the first woman to be a major party’s presidential nominee.

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