According to Shattered, Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, campaign aides scrambled to prevent Debbie Wasserman Schultz from “poisoning” the South Florida rally introducing Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine. One day before the rally at Florida International University, Wikileaks published emails showing Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) favored Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Oblivious to the growing scandal, Wasserman Schultz expected to have a prominent role at the rally.
One Democratic source told authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that DWS had few friends within the campaign. “Hillary genuinely likes Debbie. I think she’s the only one in the orbit who does,” the source said. “The campaign does not like Debbie.” Another aide said Hillary, “[F]elt loyal to her.”
Despite the loyalty from Hillary, the campaign decided Debbie Wasserman Schultz would not share the stage with Clinton and Kaine. The campaign banished DWS to a seat in the audience. The book claims DWS was “fuming.” Aides did not want Wasserman Schultz backstage, fearing she would try to confront Hillary Clinton.
“If Wasserman Schultz didn’t understand then that she was finished as a face of the Clinton campaign–and she didn’t–she certainly should have.”