DNC Cleans House After Email Leaks

The housecleaning at the Democratic National Committee continued as CEO Amy Darcey resigned this week. Several other senior staffers were dismissed at the same time. This follows the highly publicized leaks of emails from the DNC that appeared to show a bias towards Hillary Clinton during the primaries and where some DNC staffers made disparaging remarks about Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down on the eve of the Democratic National Convention and a longtime Clinton supporter, Donna Brazile was named as interim chair. Brazile acknowledged that her primary task would be to restore ‘creditability’ to the DNC following the unflattering emails that were released by WikiLeaks, which has said that it has not yet released all the DNC emails in its possession.

Additional hacked emails to be released

There is speculation that the additional emails will contain further inflammatory details regarding the supposed bias of the DNC towards Mrs. Clinton. This has the potential to upset supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and alienate them from Hilary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

One of the dismissed officials was Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall who wrote an email that appeared to attack Sen. Sanders Jewish faith:

"Does he believe in a god. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps"
— Brad Marshall

DNC showed bias against Bernie Sanders

The first batch of emails was released just before the start of the Democratic Convention and offended both Sen. Sanders and his supporters. The Clinton campaign did some effective damage control by suggesting that the Russians were behind the leaks. This shifted the focus away from the content of the emails and onto the hackers. Donald Trump helped the Democrats by suggesting that the Russians should find and release the deleted emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email account, which dominated several news cycles.

"Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. They probably have them. I’d like to have them released."
— Donald Trump

Trump claimed his remarks were sarcastic, but he was roundly criticized for suggesting that a foreign government become involved in the U.S. election, which further helped to keep the focus away from the actual content of the emails.

If the next batch of hacked DNC emails contains additional disparaging remarks about Sen. Sanders, it could ignite outrage among Bernie’s supporters who, at best, are only lukewarm towards Hillary Clinton. If Bernie’s supporters decide to sit out the election, or vote for Trump or a third party candidate that could prove fatal to Hillary Clinton’s hopes of become President. 

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