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DNC : WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STAYS OFFSTAGE


Democrats officially kicked off their national convention Wednesday afternoon, as outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stayed offstage following heavy criticism over the leak of a trove of embarrassing DNC emails.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stepped in for Wasserman Schultz to gavel in the convention at about 4:15 p.m.Wasserman Schultz excused herself from gaveling in the convention Monday, bowing to heavy opposition from party activists. She also gave up her speaking slot, according to Hilary Rosen, a longtime Democratic operative and friend of Wasserman Schultz.“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,” Wasserman Schultz told the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida, which first reported her plans..

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