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Steve Israel’s name floated to head DNC

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) is seen at

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) is seen at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

PHILADELPHIA — Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) is among the names being floated to possibly become the new leader of the Democratic National Committee after a Hillary Clinton ally was pressured to resign, according to published reports.

Israel, who is not running for re-election, is in the running along with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, an advocacy group that tries to help elect pro-choice Democratic women to office, according to several media reports.

An Israel spokesman said the congressman wasn’t available for comment. He arrived in Philadelphia late Monday afternoon and appeared on the convention stage with a gathering of New York elected officials. A 16-year House veteran, he formerly ran the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Democrats will be looking for a new DNC chair following the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the wake of an email scandal. Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and former Long Island resident, was under pressure to resign after WikiLeaks published emails that indicated she was tilting the primary process in favor of Hillary Clinton at the expense of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Wasserman Schultz at first seemed intent on gaveling in the convention when it opened Monday afternoon. But after being shouted down by Sanders supporters at a Florida delegation breakfast, she relented. Many Sanders backers had vowed to boo her off the convention stage if Wasserman Schultz opened the confab.

Veteran Democratic hand Donna Brazile will become interim chair through the election, party officials announced Sunday.

Still seeking to assuage angry Sanders supporters, the DNC issued a “deep and sincere apology” to Sanders, his supporters and the entire party for what it calls “the inexcusable remarks made over email.”

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