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.
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy progressivestoday.com]