Wasserman-Schultz re-election woes grow without financial backing

Days after a turbulent conclusion to her term as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was told she will not receive funds from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to aid her in turning back a primary challenge from law professor Tim Canova.

DCCC chairman Ben Ray Luján, a New Mexico Democrat, announced on Monday that the committee is unwilling to back Wasserman-Schultz financially, but instead will channel funds to vulnerable Democrats defending House seats or supporting Democratic candidates in districts with vulnerable Republicans.

“It’s a Democratic district, and typically our resources go — when you talk about financial resources and TV buys — those go to the most competitive races in America . . . That’s the priority that we have as a committee.” 

“That’s what we’ve been doing and will continue to do that. I don’t know if there will be a change,” Luján said in a press conference at the Democratic convention. 

Executive Director of the DCCC, Kelly Ward, seconded Lujan’s comments:  “We never spend money on the safe seats.”

At the center of a controversy surrounding a trove of emails released by Wikileaks Friday, Wasserman-Schultz has been assailed by the Democratic Party for her role in creating obstacles to blunt the primary challenge Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders posed to likely nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Wasserman-Schultz has been criticized for her role and the DNC formally apologized to Sanders on Monday.

The DCCC’s decision to commit campaign funds elsewhere appeared to be unrelated to Wasserman-Schultz’s email troubles, and more closely related to the DCCC’s belief her seat is considered a “hold” for the Party.


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