Three top staffers have left the Democratic Party in the wake of a leaked-emails scandal that last week cost U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job as chairwoman.
Democratic National Committee Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Amy Dacey, Communications Director Luis Miranda and Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall have left their positions, Interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile announced Tuesday.
Brazile praised all three former employees, but there was no hiding the fact that they'd been caught in the political firestorm ignited by WikiLeaks. The website published a trove of DNC emails -- allegedly hacked by Russians -- revealing the party's inner workings and bias toward Hillary Clinton. Marshall was flagged in perhaps the most contentious email of all, suggesting Democrats question Clinton rival Bernie Sanders' belief in God.
Miranda, who has Colombian roots and grew up in South Florida, drew flak from some liberal immigration advocates for writing in one of the leaked emails that federal protection for undocumented Central American children crossing the U.S. border would be "irresponsible."
"The problem is these groups don't want to hear this, they want us to send a message to Central Americans to keep paying smugglers and put those kids at risk of abuse and even death," Miranda wrote in May. "Frankly the rhetoric on this and calls for TPS [temporary protected status] are irresponsible, they send a message that ends up in more lives lost."
Before working for the DNC, Miranda headed Hispanic media outreach at the White House. He once staffed Al Gore's presidential campaign office in Miami-Dade County.
"As Communications Director, Luis has helped hold Republican candidates' feet to the fire, while ensuring Democrats nationwide articulate a clear contrast between the two parties," Brazile said in her Tuesday statement.