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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Personally 'Throwing Shade' on Bernie Sanders Campaign?

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By    |   Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:52 AM

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been "throwing shade" on Bernie Sanders, his campaign manager charged, adding that the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman's actions seem more personal than part of the party line.

"We can have a long conversation about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and how she's been throwing shade on the Sanders campaign,"Jeff Weaver told CNN. "I gotta say it's not the DNC. By and large the DNC has been very good to us."

Weaver's comments follow last week's controversial Nevada Democratic Party convention, where Sanders supporters complained of unfair delegate allocation.

Wasserman Schultz and other party leaders called for an apology after Sanders supporters "shouted down pro-Clinton speakers and sent threatening messages to state party Chairwoman Roberta Lange after posting her phone number and address on social media," CNN said.

The Sanders campaign condemned threatening behavior of supporters but stood by its stance that the Democratic party was subverting the process, Weaver told CNN.

In a statement Tuesday, Sanders said: "If the Democratic Party is to be successful in November, it is imperative that all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect that they have earned. Unfortunately, that was not the case at the Nevada convention. At that convention the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place."

Wasserman Schultz told CNN she was "deeply disturbed" by Sanders' statement, calling it "anything but acceptable" and saying it added "more fuel to the fire."

Liberal activists are seeking the removal of Wasserman Schultz from her position, the International Business Times reported.

Activist group RootsAction collected more than 35,000 signatures on its petition as of Thursday morning. Petitions on MoveOn.org and Change.org had gathered about 76,000 and 14,500 signatures respectively.

Sanders has shown new resolve to remain in the race and campaign aggressively against Clinton, buoyed by polls showing him beating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump by a greater margin, The New York Times reported.

Party leaders are concerned about the ongoing strife and eager to turn their attention to defeating Trump, the Times said.

“I’m hopeful that the two candidates will come together, and soon, which could blunt the possibility of real trouble at our convention,” Edward G. Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania and a Clinton supporter who is chairman of the Philadelphia host committee for the convention, told the Times. “But you look at what happened in Nevada, and you worry.”

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