Nancy Pelosi Refuses to Support DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

June 16, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) avoided expressing support for Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) at her weekly briefing Thursday.

Pelosi, an avid defender of Wasserman Schultz over the past few months, avoided answering a question about Schultz's future in the DNC. During a press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi about Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I., Vt.) suggestion that Schultz should be replaced as head of the DNC.

"Sen. Sanders did say that he would like to see Debbie Wasserman Schultz replaced as the head of the DNC. Hillary Clinton did not close the lid on that by any means," a reporter said. "What are your thoughts on Sen. Sanders suggesting that?"

"If you want to know who is going to be the chair of the DNC, you should look to the membership of the Democratic National Committee," Pelosi said.

The reporter, for a second time, asked her of Schultz, "Should she step aside, though, as Sen. Sanders is suggesting?"

Pelosi avoided the question and reiterated her previous statement.

"Again, who is the chair of the committee is up to the members of the Democratic National Committee," she said.

Schultz's seat is up for grabs this November in Florida's 23rd congressional district. Sanders has voiced his support for opponent Tim Canova.