Donna Brazile, a stalwart supporter of the Democratic Party, has been the ultimate political insider and strategist for decades. So it comes as no surprise that she was tapped to replace ousted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Brazile, 56, a native of Louisiana, was selected Sunday to serve as interim chairwoman of the convention. Schultz stepped down amid a widening scandal over leaked DNC emails that allegedly showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, threatening party unity.
“I went over yesterday to see the Sanders campaign [and] I apologized,” Brazile said during an appearance on Sunday’s This Week. “I think, the allegations, the e-mails, the insensitivity, the stupidity needs to be addressed.”
Indeed, Brazile is never at a loss for words. Here are four things you need to know about her:
She is a well-known political commentator and mover and shaker.
She and CNN “mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately,” according to Deadline. “As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role,” which is scheduled to end in November. She also stepped aside from her role as an ABC News analyst.
Brazile has done the job before.
In 2011, she took over the reigns as interim DNC chair when Tim Kaine, yes, Clinton’s current vice presidential pick, left the job to run for Virginia senator. Brazile held the job until Wasserman Schultz took over.
Brazile goes way back with the Clintons.
USA Today reports, “In 1992, she was a senior adviser on black voter turnout for [the] Clinton-Gore campaign. Then in 1996 she worked as the District of Columbia campaign director for [the] Clinton-Gore campaign.” Those jobs turned into work on Al Gore’s 2000 campaign as the former vice president’s campaign manager, according to Bustle.
She does a little acting on the side.
She “has appeared in episodes of “House of Cards” and “The Good Wife.” In 2013, Brazile told U.S. News, ‘I enjoy politics but if I had a third career — and I’ve had multiple careers — my third act would be acting,’” writes The Palm Beach Post.