YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Democratic leaders were hoping the combative campaign between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would end in unity at the Democratic National Convention. But, the latest DNC email scandal could damage that goal.
Gil Blair is with the Trumbull County Democratic Party.
“Obviously any type of issue like this is detrimental. You don’t want to see it coming, you certainly don’t want to see it coming days before the convention,” Blair said.
He said it’s important to remember that emails from Democratic higher-ups don’t necessarily represent views of the entire party.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean that those emails are the stance of the party or the position of the party. So, I think the one thing is to get to the bottom of what is really the truth here. Is there really a scandal, or are we seeing emails that were simply sent to party leadership?” Blair said.
David Betras is chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party. He insists that this incident doesn’t affect Hillary, because he said it has nothing to do with her and everything to do with Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“Look, it’s not a disruption. She is gonna gavel the thing open, she’s gonna gavel it closed. She doesn’t have a speaking part. She recognized her error. She fell on the sword, and it was an unforced error but an error nonetheless and she resigned over it,” Betras said.
He believes that the email leak won’t impact Sanders’ support of Clinton.
“Bernie Sanders is still speaking tomorrow and I assure you he will not give a Ted Cruz speech. He will give an overwhelming, resounding endorsement of Hillary Clinton,” Betras said.