Granholm not pursuing DNC top post

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Sunday she has not pursued the Democratic National Committee chairmanship in the wake of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt resignation and she called reports that she’s in the mix “news to me.”

“I’ve not had any discussions with anyone on the Clinton campaign about the DNC chair. I have not put my name forward,” Granholm said in an email to The Detroit News.

Granholm was responding to published reports that Democrats were discussing her as potential successor to Wasserman Schultz, who announced her resignation effective at the end of this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The former governor has worked hard to promote Clinton’s candidacy and works as a senior adviser for the Clinton-aligned Correct The Record super political action committee, a research and rapid response team designed to defend against attacks.

The DNC and Wasserman Schultz came under heavy fire this weekend after WikiLeaks published 19,000 of leaked internal party emails that suggested Democratic Party leaders favored former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the party’s presidential nominee over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The emails showed Democratic National Convention officials belittling the Sanders campaign and, in one instance, questioning his Jewish background and whether they could get someone to publicly ask if he is an atheist.

DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist and TV commentator, is expected to become interim DNC chair through the November general election. Brazile cut ties with CNN on Sunday, reported.

“Donna Brazile is taking over, and she’d be excellent as long as she wants the position,” Granholm told The News.

Granholm, who was governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011, is slated to speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention.

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