Now that the election is over, as are the fake pleasantries and pre-election alliances, the time for payback has arrived, and according to a press release issued moments ago by the Bernie Delegate Network, hundreds of former Bernie Sanders delegates to the Democratic National Convention have voted overwhelmingly in a straw poll to “call for the immediate resignation of Donna Brazile as chair of the Democratic National Committee.”
As a reminder, Brazile was recently sacked by CNN following revelations in the leaked Podesta emails that she had forwarded questions to Hillary Clinton against policy.
The vote, 337 to 13, was 96 percent in favor of urging Brazile to resign. It came in a straw poll by the independent Bernie Delegates Network, which is sponsored by the online activist group RootsAction.org in partnership with Progressive Democrats of America.
On Monday, hours after the delegates’ votes were tallied, RootsAction launched a nationwide petition calling for Brazile to immediately resign.
The petition campaign was sparked by the revelation that, as a political analyst for CNN, Brazile gave the Clinton campaign advance notice of questions that would be asked during a CNN debate between Sanders and Clinton. At the time, Brazile was publicly claiming to be neutral about the Sanders-Clinton race.
The Washington Post reported on Nov. 7: “Donna Brazile is not apologizing for leaking CNN debate questions and topics to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the Democratic primary. Her only regret, it seems, is that she got caught.”
The executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, Donna Smith, said today: “We believe the DNC chair must reflect the base of the Democratic Party and the mission for which this party long stood. Clearly, when the party leadership failed to conduct itself impartially during the primary season and then failed to defeat the Republican candidate who is the most dangerous demagogue ever elected to the presidency, it is time for Donna Brazile’s resignation.”
Smith added that “the DNC must either change or it will die. And that change starts with Ms. Brazile’s prompt resignation.”