NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley speaks with NH1 News in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016

Jul 24, 2016 8:42 PM

NHDP Chair tells NH1 News Wasserman Schultz resignation 'allows us all to get together'

NH1 News Political Director

PHILADELPHIA – The chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party says the resignation of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz “allows everyone to come together and really unite behind the Clinton-Kaine ticket.”

Ray Buckley, the longtime NHDP chair, a DNC vice-chairman and president of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, spoke with NH1 News on Sunday evening, hours after Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down as DNC chair at the end of this week’s Democratic National Convention. The move by the veteran congresswoman from Florida came after the publication two days ago of nearly 20,000 hacked party emails, some of which suggested the DNC was favoring presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the primary calendar.

On Sunday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had long argued that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC were favoring Clinton in his epic battle with the former Secretary of State for the Democratic nomination, called for the national chair to resign.

Asked if the move will bring unity to the party, Buckley told NH1 News “I think there were a lot of people who were arriving today that were very upset and this really allows us all to get together, be united, and support the Clinton-Kaine ticket.”

Kurt Ehrenberg, who organized Sanders’ primary organization in the Granite State and later served as state political director, told NH1 News Wasserman Schultz’s resignation is “probably a good result for an orderly convention and moving forward as we get into the fall campaign.”

Asked if it will help unify the party, the pledged convention delegate for Sanders said “I think it does. I think the Bernie supporters who are slowly but steadily moving into the camp of Hillary for president, I think this helps that effort a lot.”

Andru Volinsky, who served as Sanders legal counsel in New Hampshire during the primaries, told NH1 News Wasserman Schultz “was an impediment to bringing everyone together and it’s good that she’s resigned.”

Asked if her stepping down will help Sanders supporters back Clinton, Volinsky said “I think it might be a step in that direction. There’s a lot more to be done. It was probably a required move.”

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