After hacked emails released to the public showed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was favoring Hillary Clinton over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the national political organization was in shambles.
Its embattled chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida, resigned right before the convention. She didn’t even gavel in to begin the program. She was replaced by former Al Gore campaign manager and longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile.
Now, one of Queens’s own will try to right the ship. Congresswoman Grace Meng was recently elected Vice Chair of the DNC by a unanimous vote after the convention ended.
“I am deeply honored to be chosen for the position of Vice Chair and I thank my DNC colleagues for having confidence in my ability to serve in this leadership role,” Meng said. “Democrats have an ambitious and robust agenda that includes critical items as immigration reform, gun safety legislation, helping middle class families and much more.”
Meng is widely considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. Serving her second term in Congress, she is the first Asian American member of Congress from New York. She had a brief speaking slot in the convention, standing alongside other Asian American colleagues in Congress.