Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee
April 6th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Brazile to temporarily lead Democratic National Committee

Washington (CNN) - Longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Brazile, who's currently a first vice chair for the DNC, told CNN on Wednesday that she'll serve in the top spot until Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida takes over as chair of the party committee.

"I have been a member of the DNC for a while now," Brazile tells CNN. "I am familiar with the building and the party, and know where everything is. My job will be to keep the lights on, make sure people get paid, keep it running and help conduct the election."

Brazile, who's also a CNN political contributor, was campaign manager for Vice President Al Gore's 2000 bid for the White House, becoming the first African-American to run a major presidential campaign.

DNC rules prevent Wasserman Schultz from formally taking over as chairwoman for at least 15 days. President Barack Obama Tuesday named the four-term representative who represents Florida's 20th congressional district to succeed DNC chairman Tim Kaine. The former Virginia governor announced earlier Tuesday that he is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Virginia. Sen. Jim Webb, a fellow Democrat, announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election next year.

Besides running Gore's campaign, Brazile's also worked on White House bids by Democrats dating back to Jimmy Carter's 1976 victory for president.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I'm still waiting for her to join my "Common Sense Is Too Damn Scarce" party.

    April 6, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I like Donna Brazile, but we need some huge cojones heading the DNC to tell it like it is. We need a no holds barred person such as ALAN GRAYSON.

    April 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. terry,va

    Where is Bill Maher's gross political humor when you need it. Have you heard the one about Brazile and Wasserman-Schultz?..............

    April 6, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. gt

    Barzile should be the new head not Wesserman-shultz,,,, Brazile would do 10 time the job as Wesserman .. she show what a poor job she done last election.... this is a very big mistake....

    April 6, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Ryche

    This lady is painfully stupid and igorant.. Have you read her opinion peice this week.. Anyone who believe that having to prove who you are (showing id) to vote, means its supressing votes, is a hack and has an agenda.. I have to show id to buy beer, cash a check, use my credit card... But i shouldn't have to show my id to do the single most important thing americans do.? Again, this lady is painfully stupid and the DNC deserve her..

    April 6, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Tam

    Brazile is such a lovely woman - intelligent, sharp, and really beautiful.

    April 6, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Elphaba

    Either woman will be an asset to the DMC. We need an even-handed leader; one who can move the committee forward in preparation of the 2012 elections, and one with thick enough skin to withstand the onslaught of negativity from the RNC. Both of these women are well suited to take on the role; temporarily, as in Donna's case, or permantly, as in Debbie's.

    April 6, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. rafael

    I guess it won't be enough time to do too much damage.

    April 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Phil in KC

    A smart choice. She'll probably do a better job than Wasserman Schultz.

    April 6, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Jake

    I admire Donna Brazile, she's smart, she's tough and actually has a grasp on the issues. And it's very enjoyable to watch her go up against so many of the misinformed!

    April 6, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Kmarcel3

    Great choice for the DNC...Wouldn't be a bad idea if both women worked jointly in order to rally the faithful

    April 6, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Lillie

    Great choice! Make her permanent!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. MAngeline

    This is one smart woman. Poster Ryche above called her "painfully stupid". His mark of intelligence probably runs along the Sarah Palin variety. Donna thinks before she speaks and displays a calm demeanor even when she truly disagrees with someone. A little more of this could go a long way right now with all the crazies out there. While Debbie's personality is a little too much for me at times, she will do a good job.

    April 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |

    Donna is the most informed lady on tv today. She has earned her position-always the lady at the same time. It is the time to reward her lifes work with a much much more important position. Perhaps VP would be in order! We will be t better off with her leadership. Keep her name front and center, be ready when the time comes. You would not regret it.

    April 6, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. AZ DEM

    I wish they would reconsider the position and just give it to Brazile...however I have a feeling that Donna doesn't want to take on the job full time. I think she likes her position with the DNC now and should HER feelings change I'm sure she'll look to take on a role with more responsibilities

    April 6, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Good for her! I like this lady.

    April 6, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Bessy

    Both of these women are excelent choices. As opposed to the Republican women, who want to run for President, when these women open their mouths they know what they are talking about.

    April 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |