Three leaders at the Democratic National Committee who discussed the possibility of questioning Bernie Sanders’ religious faith as a way to hurt his chances with voters have resigned. The DNC press release praises outgoing CEO Amy Dacey, CFO Brad Marshall and Communications Director Luis Miranda but never mentions why they are leaving. From the DNC press release:
As the DNC moves into the general election phase of the 2016 campaign, new Chair Donna Brazile today announced the departures of Amy Dacey, Luis Miranda, and Brad Marshall…
“Thanks in part to the hard work of Amy, Luis, and Brad, the Democratic Party has adopted the most progressive platform in history, has put itself in financial position to win in November, and has begun the important work of investing in state party partnerships. I’m so grateful for their commitment to this cause, and I wish them continued success in the next chapter of their career.”
Not mentioned in the DNC press release is the real reason these three are following former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz out the door. Hackers, who are apparently connected to the Russian government, took 20,000 internal DNC emails (and some voicemails) and handed them to Wikileaks. Wikileaks posted the material online a few days before the start of the Democratic National Convention.
The hacked emails revealed that the seemingly contentious relationship between the DNC and the Sanders campaign was not part of Sanders’ imagination. One of the most incriminating exchanges involved CFO Brad Marshall’s suggestion that the DNC should prompt a question about Bernie Sanders’ religious faith (or lack thereof) as a way to hurt him in the Kentucky and West Virginia primaries. The response to this suggestion from CEO Amy Dacey was “AMEN.” Communications Director Luis Miranda was also on the email chain.
It has been a foregone conclusion that some of these people would be out at the DNC but there has apparently been hesitation as the organization waits for Wikileaks to drop the other shoe.
Last week Reuters reported computers belonging to the Clinton campaign were also hacked by a foreign government. The FBI has not confirmed the hack is connected to the hack of the DNC and the DCCC but that seems to be the operating assumption.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has already said he has more material on Hillary Clinton which he plans to release before the election.