Calls for End to Superdelegate System From Within the Democratic Party
Politicians in states that favored Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary are petitioning to end the superdelegate system and replace the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The two states that have petitioned for the changes are Hawaii and West Virginia. Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard wrote on her Facebook that party officials “should not have a say” in electing the party’s nominee.
“Whether you are a Bernie Sanders supporter or a Hillary Clinton supporter, we should all agree that unelected party officials and lobbyists should not have a say in who the presidential nominee of our party is,” she wrote. “That should be left up to the voters.”
The Hawaiian Representative also noted that if she were asked to take up the role as the leader of the DNC, she would refuse the offer:
Some ppl talking about possibility of me being DNC Chair. Unequivocally, I have no interest in that job. If offered to me, I wouldn’t accept
In February, Gabbard resigned as vice chairman of the DNC and endorsed Sanders. Sanders won the state caucus 69 percent to 30 percent.
The West Virginia State Democratic Party joined Gabbard, passing a resolution for the elimination of superdelegates, or that superdelegates be required “in each state to vote in the same relative proportion as the elected delegates of the state they represent.”
Sanders also won West Virginia with 51 percent to 35 percent.
The West Virginia state party went one step further than Gabbard, calling for the removal and replacement of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“If she does not resign in a timely manner, we call on the Democratic National Committee [to] take whatever steps are necessary and proper to remove her and install a new Chairperson,” the resolution reads.
Last month, Sanders backed Wasserman’s opponent in the Florida congressional primary Tim Canova, and characterized the head of the DNC as a divider rather than a unifier:
“It’s been pretty clear almost from the get-go that she has been working against Bernie Sanders—I mean, there’s no doubt about it—for personal reasons,” Weaver said, again ticking through the criticisms he launched earlier, but this time adding that the chairwoman “appointed really hostile Hillary Clinton partisans” to head standing committees, too.
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has really been a divider and not really provided the kind of leadership that the Democratic Party needs,” he said.