NEWS BRIEF The Democratic National Committee’s email hack has claimed more victims. Just over one week since chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned her post, the organization announced Tuesday that three of its top staffers are leaving: CEO Amy Dacey, whose departure was reported earlier Tuesday by multiple news organizations; communications director Luis Miranda; and chief financial officer Brad Marshall.
In a mid-afternoon press release, the staff changes were framed as part of the committee’s move “into the general election phase of the 2016 campaign.” But that’s certainly not all it is: The three officials had been in the spotlight in recent days for emails they’d sent during the Democratic primary, which were subsequently made public. Marshall, in particular, drew fire from Bernie Sanders supporters for suggesting the candidate’s religious views be questioned. Dacey, who reportedly resigned, may have done so because the emails, and their disclosure, occurred on her watch.
“Thanks in part to the hard work of Amy, Luis, and Brad, the Democratic Party has adopted the most progressive platform in history, has put itself in financial position to win in November, and has begun the important work of investing in state party partnerships,” interim DNC chair Donna Brazile said in the release. “I’m so grateful for their commitment to this cause, and I wish them continued success in the next chapter of their career.” She also announced a general-election transition team.