Wasserman Shultz Will Take Lesser Role For Election

| by Ray Brown
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The Hillary Clinton campaign has taken control of the Democratic National Committee on June 16 and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida will have to move out of the way.

Wasserman Schultz will remain the chairwoman of the party, but Brandon Davis, the national political director for the Service Employees International Union and former deputy campaign manager for Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, will handle day-to-day operations as the party's chief of staff for the Democratic Party.

According to former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Wasserman Schultz will likely be taking on a more symbolic role.

"The chairman in a situation like this, as I was with Obama, just goes on tour. Somebody else comes in to run the DNC. It's usually a smart young operative and the chair goes on the road and doesn't run the DNC anymore,” Dean told Politico. “That's what happened and that's what I expect to happen with Hillary."

Dean served as the DNC chairman between 2005 and 2009. And in 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois aide Paul Tewes took over the general election duties for the party. And after Obama's victory over Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Dean stepped down as chairman of the party.

"We basically just turned it over to him and I left the building to [Tewes]. He ran the DNC," Dean told CNN. "It was very clear I wasn't going to be running the DNC as soon as there was the a nominee."

Wasserman Schultz has been facing criticism for several months for her handling of the party, including accusations from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont supporters who believe the DNC was working to tilt the nomination process in favor of Clinton.

And Sanders himself made his dissatisfaction with Wasserman Schultz clear when he endorsed Tim Canova, who is challenging her for her congressional seat in South Florida. 

Sources: Politico, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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