Outgoing DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not open convention

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attends a campaign rally at Florida International University Panther Arena on July 23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made their first public appearance together a day after the Clinton campaign announced Senator Kaine as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)

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PHILADELPHIA — Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t gavel her party’s national convention to order this afternoon.

She abruptly canceled that plan just a few hours before the scheduled opening. She tells the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that she wants to make sure the convention can start “on a high note.”

The Florida congresswoman had announced she would resign her post at the helm of the DNC in the wake of an email scandal involving her aides, but that she would still open and close the convention.

That was before she was heckled during a speech to her home state delegation today by people angry that the emails apparently showed that some in the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.


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