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Wasserman Schultz won't even gavel Democratic convention open


PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't even gavel the Democratic National Convention open and close this week, in the wake of boisterous protests from outraged supporters of presidential primary runner-up Bernie Sanders.

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Wasserman Schultz said Sunday she would step down from her post as Democratic National Committee chairwoman at the end of the four-day convention, which begins Monday afternoon. But she insisted she'd still inaugurate and end it -- a defiant move met Monday morning with resounding heckles at the Florida delegation breakfast -- a place where Wasserman Schultz expected to be support.