Top DNC Officials Resign on Heels of Leaked E-Mail Scandal

  • CEO Amy Dacey and two other officials leaving Democratic group
  • E-mails revealed committee favoritism for Clinton over Sanders

CEO of the Democratic National Convention Amy Dacey speaks at a press conference on Aug. 11, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Photographer: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The CEO of the Democratic National Committee resigned Tuesday, along with two other senior officials, following the committee’s leaked e-mails scandal, the DNC announced.

CEO Amy Dacey, along with Luis Miranda, the DNC’s communications director, and Brad Marshall, its chief financial officer, are leaving the DNC, interim chairwoman Donna Brazile announced in a statement.

The leaked e-mails showed incidents where the DNC -- under former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a U.S. House member from Florida -- were favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries.

“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," Brazil said. "I’m so grateful for their commitment to this cause, and I wish them continued success in the next chapter of their career.”

Dacey is moving to Squared Communications, a Washington D.C. public-relations firm, which put out a press release announcing she was joining its communications staff.

“As one of the top campaign strategists in our party, and with our experiences together on presidential, Senate and congressional campaigns, Amy will help our firm’s clients navigate this and future election cycles,” said Michael Meehan, founder and CEO of Squared Communications. “Amy’s service to our party and steady leadership during this turbulent election season is commendable and we are honored to have her on the Squared Communications team."

Maria Cardona, who served as communications director for the DNC from 2001 to 2003, said Dacey helped transform the committee into a 50-state organization and will continue to be involved in the Democratic Party.

‘Best Interest’

"She is doing it in the best interest of the party, so Donna Brazile and her team can start with a clean slate," Cardona said. "I am sure that she will continue to be involved in the party, as her commitment to elect the first woman president continues to be front and center as it is for all of us."

Marshall worked at the DNC for more than 20 years. Last week, he apologized for e-mails that surfaced with him suggesting the committee use Sanders’ religious beliefs against him in the Democratic primary.

Miranda was announced in September 2015 as the DNC’s communications director, after leading Hispanic outreach at the White House and working for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Al Gore.

Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation last week as the party’s convention was getting underway, and Brazile, who had been the committee’s vice chairwoman, has stepped in as its interim leader. 

More E-Mails

Meanwhile, party officials are wary of the potential emergence of more hacked e-mails that may be released by the Wikileaks group.

On Tuesday, Brazile also announced that Brandon Davis, who joined the DNC in June as chief of staff, will add to his duties oversight of the committee’s general election efforts to elect Clinton and other Democrats across the country.

In addition, she said veteran Democratic strategist Doug Thornell will join the DNC as a senior adviser on an interim basis. Thornell currently serves as a managing director in the Washington office of the public affairs and political consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker, and was a former aide to Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

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