The former chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile says she seriously considered replacing Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden as the party’s 2016 nominee.
Brazile made the revelation in her bombshell new book, set to be released Tuesday, that details the so-called dysfunction in the Democratic Party.
She said she had secret deliberations to remove Clinton and her running mate Senator Tim Kaine as the party’s nominees in the aftermath of her fainting spell in New York in the September.
Brazile claims she had settled on Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Cory Booker as replacements to beat Donald Trump.
However, she decided against it because she ultimately didn’t want to get in the way of the first woman to run for president.
‘I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them,’ she wrote in her book, in an excerpt obtained by the Washington Post on Saturday.
Also included in Brazile’s upcoming memoir is the dysfunction and mismanagement that she claims to have uncovered at the organization she was brought in to run after hacked emails revealed efforts by party insiders to tilt the scales toward Clinton.
Brazile, who was herself thrown into controversy when it was revealed she passed on debate questions to the Clinton camp, unloads on her predecessor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and discloses a smoking gun document in the form of a fundraising agreement that sent resources to the Clinton camp.
Brazile only learned of the party’s financial troubles in July after she was named interim chair after Wasserman Schultz stepped down, in a call with CFO Gary Gensler.
‘What?’ I screamed. ‘I am an officer of the party and they’ve been telling us everything is fine and they were raising money with no problems,’ she writes that she told him.
Clinton’s fundraising took care of the remaining debt as part of an agreement that allowed her input on party finances and staffing prior to her winning the nomination for president.
A memo was signed by Clinton’s campaign and the DNC in August 2015 that established she would get some input in exchange for her financial support of the committee to help them repay a $24 million debt, NBC reports.