Wasserman-Schultz primary challenger gets Bernie’s endorsement

While Bernie Sanders has often tended to avoid attacking Hillary Clinton personally, preferring to reserve sharp attacks on the entire Washington establishment, the Vermont senator has regularly drawn the ire of members of his adopted party, particularly DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

The latest disagreement between Sanders and the DNC centers around dealings at the Nevada state Democratic convention, where Sanders accused the state party and the DNC of favoring frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

As the feud between Sanders and both the DNC and Wasserman-Schultz chair has intensified, Sanders has taken the unusual step of endorsing Wasserman-Schultz’s primary opponent, law professor Tim Canova, in his bid to unseat her in Florida’s 23rd congressional district.

During a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sanders stopped short of calling for Wasserman-Schultz’s immediate removal, but did state he would not re-appoint Wasserman-Schultz to her position as DNC chair if elected to the White House.

“Well, clearly, I favor her opponent.  His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz,” Sanders said.

Similarly, as of Sunday, Mr. Sanders’ campaign is actively fundraising for Canova.  In an e-mail sent to supporters, Sanders called on loyalists to donate to Mr. Canova’s campaign.

“We’re doing this because it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics.  We need real change. We need U.S. Senators, members of Congress and state legislators who have the guts to take on the big money interests whose greed is destroying the American middle class.  Tim Canova is one of those candidates, and I hope you’ll join Bernie in support of his campaign,” read an e-mail sent by Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, to supporters.

The presumption that those fissures will automatically heal is wishful thinking:  As the California and New Jersey primaries signal the end of the campaign, Mr. Sanders has not only refused to end his insurgent bid, but has heightened his attacks on the entire Democratic presidential nominating system.

Now supporting his arch-nemesis’ primary opponent, this rift has become deeply personal.  The July convention is going to be quite a spectacle.


[The Guardian] [The Hill]