DNC 2016: Wasserman Schultz will not open the Democratic convention

"So I can see there's a little bit of interest in my being here," Wasserman Schultz said over jeers and cheers.
“So I can see there’s a little bit of interest in my being here,” Wasserman Schultz said over jeers and cheers.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the soon-to-be former Democratic National chairwoman, will not gavel in the party’s national convention tonight in Philadelphia, party sources confirmed to The Post.

Wasserman Schultz, whose congressional district spans from Weston in Broward County down to portions of Dade County, including Miami Beach, announced Sunday she is resigning as party chairwoman once the party’s nominating convention closes after Wikileaks released emails that showed the party was biased toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her primary run against Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Long-time Democratic political strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile will replace Wasserman Schultz as interim party chair.

The convention hasn’t officially begun yet and it is already a rocky road.

On Monday, Wasserman Schultz appeared at the Florida delegation’s breakfast where she was booed by the crowd as they chanted, “Shame on you!” while others held up signs that read, “EMAILS.”

“Florida remains the most significant battleground state and will make sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president…We are the state that will deliver the White House,” Wasserman Schultz told the delegation.

Trump to attend Hispanic roundtable Tuesday in Miami

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take part Tuesday in a “Hispanic leadership roundtable” in Miami, his campaign said over the weekend.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Trump (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The businessman and part-time Palm Beacher and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will start the day

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
PenceTuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the, before flying to Miami. Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced.

Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, before flying to Miami.

Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced. But the Miami Herald is reporting it will be the lunch gathering at the famed Versailles restaurant that had been set for July 8 before Trump canceled at the last minute because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

He also canceled an appearance set for later that day at a hotel near Miami International Airport where there was speculation he’d announce his running mate. Trump unveiled his partnership with Pence on July 16 in New York.

On Saturday, Trump’s presumed opponent, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also targeted Miami for her first

Florida voters give Hillary Clinton an edge in temperament but don't think she's "honest and trustworthy." (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

rally with her vice president pick, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, traveling to the heavily-Hispanic

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kaine (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Florida International University, west of Miami.

Clinton is set to become the official nominee this week at the Democratic National Convention

in Philadelphia. She’ll do so without South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who Sunday was out as Democratic National Committee chair following revelations of e-mails suggesting the DNC had unfairly helped Clinton in her primary fight with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Sanders (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Republicans meet in South Florida amid Trump rules fight

 

Cgkrfw2WYAAXDhO.jpg-largeHOLLYWOOD, Fla. — National Republicans gathering today in South Florida are wrestling with what rules will apply in August in Cleveland when it votes for its nominee.

Front runner, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump, is far ahead, but might not reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot.

The two men who hope to step in if a failed first ballot leads to a free-for-all second vote, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, came Wednesday to the RNC’s quarterly meeting. at the Diplomat in Hollywood to woo members in hopes of wrestling the nomination from Trump.

Trump has said the Cruz and Kasich scenarios are evidence of a system “rigged” against him by the GOP establishment. Amid Trump’s constant criticism, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and many of the party officials here appeared skittish about taking any action that might smack of favoritism toward a candidate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is set to address the meeting at midday followed by the rules committee meeting.

This morning, the Democratic National Committee, in advance of a press call by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, said, “with Republicans all over the map pledging to skip this summer’s Republican Convention, it’s clear the GOP is in a full-scale freak-out.”