"Donna Brazile threatens to leave Democratic Party"
Donna Brazile, who served as Al Gore's 2000 campaign manager, has said publicly that she will leave the Democratic Party if the party's superdelegates decide the presidential election.Barack Obama
Brazile, a CNN analyst and longtime Democratic operative, said on CNN that the voters should decide the election, not the party elders and elected officials who serve as superdelegates.
"If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party. I feel very strongly about this," Brazile said.
The concern arises from the possible scenario in which neither Democratic candidate is able to earn the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination. In that case, the nearly 800 superdelegates could take charge of the process in a brokered convention in Denver this summer.In an op-ed piece in today's New York Times, Democratic strategist Tad Devine warned the superdelegates to back off. "Democratic leaders need to let the voters sort out which one of these two remarkable people will lead our party and, we hope, the nation," he wrote.