‘A Part Time Chair Simply Cannot Get it Done’: Ex-DNC Chair Says New Chairperson Must be Full Time


DNCIn the wake of Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss to Donald Trump in the presidential election, and the Democratic Party doing worse than expected in Senate and House races, there has obviously been much soul-searching going on within the party.

One of the main conversations has centered on who should lead the Democratic National Committee. With Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) stepping down amidst controversy over hacked emails this summer and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile dealing with her own WikiLeaks headaches, a number of folks have had their names bandied about for the leadership spot.

The favorite right how is Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who currently has the backing of Bernie Sanders and incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. While there appears to be widespread support for the progressive Congressman, one former DNC Chair has let it be known that he feels the next chairperson needs to be devoted to the position full time.

Don Fowler served as National Chairman for the DNC from 1995 to 1997. (Chris Dodd was the general chair during that time.) Wasserman Schultz served as chair from 2011 until her resignation while simultaneously holding elected office and during that time the Democratic Party lost the majority in the Senate and saw the GOP expand its hold on the House and state legislatures.

One former DNC Chair, Howard Dean, is running for the position again. During his previous tenure, the Democrats retook the Senate and House and won the White House.

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