Although the current assumption is that Washington D.C. is more polarized and partisan than at any previous time, there is one person that all sides can agree to dislike — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who also happens to be the Democratic National Committee chairperson. It is this second role which has engendered most of the animosity towards her over the last few years:
Increasingly, there seem to be lots of Democrats and liberals saying Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) just isn’t getting it done as chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Most recently, at least two groups overwhelmingly composed of progressives — CREDO Action and marijuana legalization advocates– have publicly called for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation from the DNC post. Both are currently circulating online petitions to demonstrate how many people agree.
Now, in a town as insular and politically obsessive as Washington, calls for resignations do have a way of cropping up from time to time. Many carry little meaning. But, in the last four-plus years, there has been a real stream of events Wasserman Schultz really cannot be said to have handled particularly well. It would be hard for even her biggest supporters to dispute that.
Along with recent controversies including accusations of planning the debate schedule to benefit Hillary Clinton (Wasserman Schultz was a vice-chair of Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign) and hampering rival Bernie Sanders campaign’s access to voter information, for the first time since being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 Wasserman Schultz will face a primary challenger.
Law professor Timothy Canova has announced his intentions to challenge the DNC chief, accusing her of being corrupt and out of touch.
“People here on the ground — I hear left and right, you name it — are just dissatisfied that she’s not responsive, she takes people for granted, and it’s becoming evident in the way she votes on an awful lot of issues,” Canova said.
“She takes a lot of corporate money, and she votes for corporate interests contrary to the interest of her own constituents.”
Wasserman Schultz has pushed back on suggestions that she should step down from the DNC post, asserting she will serve out the rest of her term which lasts until January 2017. Wasserman Schultz had even considered the idea of running for the U.S. Senate before the trial balloon blew up in her face.
She has even managed to get under the skin of the opposing party more so than usual as of late:
On The Kelly File, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly recently confronted Ms. Wasserman Schultz over allegations that South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley was chosen for the State of the Union response because she’s a woman.
“Why couldn’t she have been picked because she’s smart, she’s savvy, she presents well, she’s articulate and she’s a great spokesman for the Republicans?” Ms. Kelly asked. Ms. Wasserman Schultz dodged the question—resorting to attacks Ms. Haley, alleging she is unpopular in South Carolina because of the damage she has done to the state.
“This woman is a terrible person. I watch her on television. She’s a terrible person,” Donald Trump said in an interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily. “And in all fairness, she negotiated a great deal for Hillary [Clinton] because they gave Hillary all softballs… Every ball was a softball. And in fact, the other candidates weren’t even allowed to talk up against her.”
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