The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is cleaning house after Wikileaks published embarrassing emails from top staffers.
The DNC’s chief executive, Amy Dacey, announced her resignation Tuesday, as did chief financial officer Brad Marshall, and communications director Luis Miranda.
The purge was announced a week after Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chair, shortly after the damaging emails came to light. Schultz’s replacement, Donna Brazile, praised the departing staffers in a statement, but did not mention the email scandal that caused considerable anguish within the Democratic party, especially among Bernie Sanders supporters.
Sanders spokeswoman Nina Turner, for example, had called on the DNC to “clean house,” and the committee appears to be doing so.
Wikileaks published more than 20,000 emails, believe to have been stolen by Russian hackers, just days before the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. The emails appeared to show top DNC staffers plotting to undermine the Sanders campaign in order to protect Hillary Clinton, confirming what many Sanders supporters had long suspected.
Marshall, for example, was forced to apologize for writing an email in which he suggested raising questions about Sanders’ faith in order to sully his reputation in conservative states such as Kentucky and West Virginia.
“Does he believe in a God,” Marshall wrote in an email to Dacey and DNC communications staff. “He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
For what it’s worth, Marshall’s use of the words “peeps” in this context is almost as offensive as the line of attack he is suggesting.
Dacey responded by writing, “AMEN.”
Miranda’s emails were among the most colorful in the Wikileaks dump and, as a result, he emerged as something of a “star” of the DNC scandal.
For example, many found Miranda’s crass response to an inquiry from a Fox News reporter — regarding Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary as an “enabler” of Bill Clinton’s sexual indiscretions — to be somewhat amusing.
“Is there a Fuck You emoji?” wrote Miranda in a email to the DNC press office.
DNC staffers were unable to locate said emoji.