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Donna Brazile DNC Shakeups

Leadership Shakeups At DNC

Shakeups at the DNC are common during presidential election years, but this one comes as the party confronts deeper questions about what role a national party committee should even play in an era of super PACs and billion-dollar presidential campaigns.

by Alex Seitz-Wald

(NBC News) – Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey and two other top officials are stepping down, the party announced Tuesday, following the publication of hacked internal emails.

Communications Director Luis Miranda and Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall joined Dacey in announcing their resignations, after emails showing their apparent favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary were published by WikiLeaks. The emails also led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The DNC, now led by Donna Brazile, who took over as chairwoman just ahead of the Democratic National Convention last week, announced the hiring of veteran Democratic strategists Tom McMahon, who will lead the presidential transition team, and Doug Thornell, who will oversee the communications efforts on an interim basis.

Chief of staff Brandon Davis, a former SEIU official installed by the Clinton campaign two months ago, is leading the committee’s presidential general election efforts.

Brazile pulled together the party’s staff Tuesday afternoon to offer a heartfelt word of thanks to the departing staff and announce the changes.

“I’m so grateful for their commitment to this cause, and I wish them continued success in the next chapter of their career,” Brazile said in a statement praising Dacey, Miranda and Marshall. She also touted the new team and added that she is “committed to adding to our team of skilled professionals.”

While the departures were voluntary, sources said, all three were included on one of the most damaging emails uncovered by the hack. The email, sent by Marshall, the committee’s top accountant for more than 20 years, suggested making an issue of what it called Sanders’ atheism in the Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.

Shakeups at the DNC are common during presidential election years, but this one comes as the party confronts deeper questions about what role a national party committee should even play in an era of super PACs and billion-dollar presidential campaigns.

For all the damage caused by the exposure of the internal emails, many party insiders see a silver lining in the fallout, which they say has cleared the way for much-needed changes at DNC headquarters.

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