Pro-Sanders forces call out Wasserman Schultz over convention selections

Supporters of presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fired a round across the bow of Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz this week.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton – and Sanders supporter- Robert Reich, recently posted on Facebook, accusing Wasserman Schultz of overwhelmingly choosing Hillary Clinton supporters for positions in three crucial convention committees: rules, credentials and platform.

Apparently Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, doesn’t care if she alienates Bernie followers. The Sanders campaign had been hoping for a significant role at the Democratic convention, but Wasserman Schultz has picked 75 members of the convention’s key committees — rules, credentials and platform – and accepted only 3 of Bernie’s choices, failing to acknowledge the proportion of the vote Bernie has won in the primaries and caucuses. Negotiations with the DNC have failed to add any additional Bernie picks to any of the standing committees.

On May 6 Sanders himself sent a letter to Wasserman Schultz:

“…I was so disappointed to learn that of the over forty people our campaign submitted at your request you chose to select only three of my recommendations for the three standing committees. Moreover, you did not assign even one of the people submitted by our campaign to the very important Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention.”

Perhaps even worse was the appointment of what Sanders called Clinton’s “aggressive attack surrogates on the campaign trail” such as Barney Frank to prestigious positions such as the co-chair of the rules Committee.

Reich continued:

“This is insider politics run amok, at the very time and in the very election that insider politics is disdained – and at the very moment it’s vitally important to unite the Democratic Party. How Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC be so obtuse?”


Shawn Skager

For twenty years I've been reporting what my corporate overlords told me. Now I'm free to write for you, for me and for a better country for my children. After a lifetime of watching career politicians greedily consume everything within arms reach I have now seen change in the form of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. His message resonates with me and I feel most Americans would embrace it if they knew more about him and his policies. That isn't going to happen through mainstream media. That's why independent media like The Bern Report was born. To get the world out, unfiltered by our corporate masters. Because we have none. I'm looking forward to this new journey and hope the country is ready and willing to embrace true change.

5 thoughts on “Pro-Sanders forces call out Wasserman Schultz over convention selections

  • May 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Debate Dodge Debbie strikes again.

  • May 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    DNC and Hillary are destroying themselves with all this obvious subversion.

  • May 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    The DNC has built a wall around themselves and are determined to nominate HRC at all costs. They are breaking laws, stealing peoples right to vote and alienating the Sanders supporters to the extent that there is no hope that they will support HRC as president. If this continues through the nomination process and Clinton is given the nomination Sanders would be wise to run as an independent. He will beat Clinton in a head on battle and Trump as well. The DNC can fix the democrat nomination but not the Federal Election.

  • May 17, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Berners can address their anger and frustration by helping to remove DWS from office. Tim Canova needs volunteers and $$ to defeat her in her very first primary challenge. Spread the word.

  • May 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I read your reasons for standing with Bernie Sanders and am happy to hear that you do !You are absolutely correct when you say that a lot of Americans don’t know about Bernie, due to the mainstream media not covering him nor us as his supporters. Thank you and consider me a future reader of the Bern Report.

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