Often embattled Democratic Party Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), has come under fire from progressive groups for apparent favoritism leaning towards Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Party Primary for the 2016 Presidential Election.
The progressive advocacy group RootsAction said Tuesday that a 4-day-old petition calling for Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s ouster had received 23,000 signatures. Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s detractors argue that she has wounded the Democratic Party’s credibility by essentially rigging the presidential primary process in favor of Mrs. Clinton.
“The head of one of the two big political parties in the United States is trying to manipulate the presidential election process by limiting direct debate and tilting the national party apparatus in favor of one candidate. This is unacceptable,” RootsAction.org co-founder Norman Solomon said in a statement.
For months, the DNC— and Ms. Wasserman Schultz in particular — has faced charges that it wants to make the primary process as smooth as possible for Mrs. Clinton while limiting opportunities for other candidates such as Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal favorite.
RootsAction and other critics say specifically that Ms. Wasserman Schultz has used the party’s primary debate schedule to reduce media exposure for Mr. Sanders and the party’s other presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Wasserman Schultz has had a very tenuous time at the top of her party. Various controversies have plagued her reign, including accusations she attempted to force the party to pay for her wardrobe on multiple occasions, frequent absenteeism, rifts with President Obama and others due to her supposed unrestrained ambition and self-aggrandizement, inappropriate use of donor money for a trip to the Grammy’s, and being caught red-handed attempting to commit quid pro quo with an influential South Florida backer of pot legalization. The poor showings in both elections she has presided over have been largely laid at her feet as signs of her ineffectiveness as DNC Chair and many think Hillary Clinton will eventually have her replaced.
A trial balloon that Wasserman Schultz sent up contemplating running for the Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio was quickly shot down by opposition within her own party and the announcement that at least one SuperPAC planned to raise money to oppose her run.
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