Jul 26, 2016 11:48 PM
NH1 News Political Director
PHILADELPHIA – News that outgoing Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz would have a role with the Hillary Clinton campaign fueled anger among some Bernie Sanders delegates at a New Hampshire/Maine/Vermont breakfast on Tuesday.
Passions boiled over as some delegates briefly heckled Clinton campaign national press secretary Brian Fallon, who addressed the breakfast meeting.
Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, announced her resignation on Sunday following the publication over the weekend of nearly 20,000 hacked party emails, some of which suggested the DNC was favoring Clinton during the primary calendar. The hacked emails backed up long time claims from the senator from Vermont that the national party was working against him rather than staying neutral in the epic Democratic nomination battle between Sanders and the former U.S. secretary of state.
Questioning Fallon, Sanders delegate Germano Martin of Hooksett stated that “this was not a good idea. How. This is going to make it hard for the campaign to carry Wasserman Schultz around all the way to November. My question is how do you expect this to be a good idea for the campaign. It’s going to be harder for us to campaign for Hillary Clinton that way. We want to help her, we want to be with her, we want to work for her, but this is not going to make anything easier, is it?
Fallon explained to the crowd that Wasserman Schultz had “been named to help us lead our 50 state organizing efforts, it’s a volunteer position that she’s doing. She’s providing insights and advice to help us on this project that we all agree on in terms of building up our state parties. I think that’s something that we can all get behind.”
But as he was speaking, Fallon was heckled by one Sanders supporter yelling “her advice is bad.”
Asked by NH1 News how upsetting it was to Sanders supporters that the DNC chair was offered an role in the Clinton campaign, Sanders delegate Chris Liquori of Portsmouth answered “I can’t put it in words that you could broadcast.”
“It’s going to make it harder for the 13 million people who backed Bernie to” now vote for Clinton, he added. “It’s only going to hurt Hillary Clinton. They’re making it harder for themselves. They’re making it harder for everyone. “
Former state Sen. Burt Cohen, a Sanders delegate and surrogate, said giving Wasserman Schultz a role with the Clinton campaign “was a mistake for Hillary in my opinion.”
Asked if the news was a deal breaker when it comes to voting for Clinton, Cohen told NH1 News “oh no. It’s not a deal breaker to me.”
“We can work with her. I mean there will be some work to do because we disagree on a number of things. But you can’t have Trump. I mean Trump just cares about himself, completely. We’re getting unified. We are. There’s differences but we are getting unified. We have to beat Trump. We can’t have Trump anywhere near the White House,” Cohen added.
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