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Michigan congresswoman says DNC chair had to go

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
The gavel will fall Monday opening the DNC in Philadelphia

Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz needed to resign her job. 

Revelations that the DNC under Wasserman-Schultz’ leadership tried to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign led to her announcement Sunday to step down.

Dingell says Wasserman-Schultz is a friend, but the Florida congresswoman had to go.

“People who write emails that ever discriminate against somebody based on religion, that can’t be tolerated,” says Dingell. “We come from Michigan. We see what happens when people target people based on religion.  It’s just unacceptable.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made the right decision for the Democratic Party's future by resigning as party chair.

Sanders says Democrats need new leadership "that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people."

Wasserman-Schultz announced abruptly Sunday afternoon that she would step down at week's end. Sanders had called earlier Sunday for her departure.

Wasserman-Schultz has been a target of criticism throughout the presidential campaign between Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders and his supporters in the party's liberal wing have repeatedly accused the party of favoring Clinton despite officially being neutral.

Sanders says party leaders must remain impartial in future presidential primaries, "something which did not occur in the 2016 race."

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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