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.
“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.
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HOLLYWOOD, 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.”