Meet the new Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile. After much controversy and outrage that resulted in the resignation of Debbie Shultz, Brazile has been appointed interim leader of the Democratic Committee until November.
Brazile has a long history in politics, being the first African-American female to direct a major political campaign. In 2000, Brazile managed, promoted, and ran the Al Gore campaign for President, as well as worked with other high-profile candidates such as Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale–Geraldine Ferraro, and Richard Gephardt.
Brazile was born in Kenner, Louisiana, and earned her degree at Louisiana State University. After successfully graduating, Brazile worked with several advocacy groups, lead the successful campaign to recognize Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday as a federal holiday, and even volunteered for Jimmy Carter’s campaign in 1976 and 1980 as a teenager.
The Move to Leader
The move was sparked by an email leak indicating that seven key figures within the party heavily favored Hillary Clinton as the Presidential Nominee, undermining the Bernie Sanders camp and enabling Clinton to win the nomination. The now resigned committee leader, Debbie Shultz, repeatedly spoke negatively about the Bernie Sanders campaign, including her comments, saying, “I have no intentions of touching this. Why? Because I will cuss out the Sanders camp!”
More recently, instead of fighting for a cause, Brazile finds herself fighting for the integrity of the Democratic party, trying to mend the tarnished political impact of Shultz. Brazile’s official apology for the incident, stated: “On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not ― and will not ― tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again. We are embarking on a convention today that ― thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton, her team, Senator Sanders, his team, and the entire Democratic Party ― will show a forward-thinking and optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November.”
The Future Donna Brazile
As the Democratic National Convention is well on its way, Brazile has a long road ahead of her to not only correct past mistakes, misrepresentations of the party, and ensure the future election goes off without a hitch. Brazile has also put her own personal career on hold. She is a standing contributor for both CNN and ABC, which stated upon her acceptance of the position that they would suspend her contract to free up her time to focus on repairing the Democratic party. Politico covered the topic with ABC and CNN stating, “With news of Donna Brazile stepping in as interim chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately. As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role.”
Over the next four months, Brazile has a hefty role to play as the country struggles to gain confidence in both Presidential Nominees, but her long history of political experience, integrity, and determination makes her the perfect candidate to regroup the Democratic party and ensure a fair and ethical election.