Debbie Wasserman Schultz spent too much money, took too little responsibility and made fundraising deals that were unethical even if they were legal during her troubled reign over the Democratic National Committee, Wasserman Schultz’s successor, Donna Brazile, said Wednesday.
Brazile, speaking to reporters before taking the stage at the Miami Book Fair International, said a deal Wasserman Schultz signed that gave Hillary Clinton’s campaign almost total control over DNC spending while Clinton was still locked in a battle with Bernie Sanders for the party’s presidential nomination was “a cancer” and “I think Debbie has to take ownership of that.”
And, she added, the DNC took two years to take countermeasures to Russian hacking of its computers, and “Debbie has got to take responsibility for that.”
Brazile’s charges echoed — but in more explicit terms, and more importantly, in the Weston congresswoman’s backyard — those she has already made against Wasserman Schultz in her new book, “Hacks,” which she was promoting at the Book Fair Wednesday night.
Wasserman Schultz’s five-year tenure at the DNC ended disastrously when she resigned after being booed off the stage at last year’s Democratic party convention following the disclosure of hacked emails that seemed to suggest that Wasserman Schultz and her staff had been throwing the party machinery behind Clinton during her campaign against Sanders in party primaries.
The extraordinary public takedown of one former DNC chairwoman by another — Brazile held the position before Wasserman Schultz was appointed and assumed it again after she was dumped — has badly damaged a party already in disarray over the startling loss of a presidential election that seemed a dead solid lock.
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