Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, as Democratic Party Chair, should have a personality that members can get on with. At least, that’s what you would expect. But it seems that isn’t so. In fact she isn’t very welcoming to many of the key important people in her party.
Apparently her reputation is so bad that she is now being challenged within the Democratic primary for her own Florida congressional seat. That is a first, a story in The Washington Post said on Tuesday.
According to that story, many Democratic lawmakers say her poor leadership is to blame for their shocking losses in the 2014 midterm elections. It is surprising they didn’t do anything about it at the time because they now say she has not handled the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries very well. Both of the current democratic presidential hopefuls, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton aren’t critical of her effort.
Democrats Distancing Themselves
Things have become so contentious within the DNC, that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard resigned from her position as one of five vice-chairs, to support Senator Sanders a few weeks ago. That resignation pushed Ms. Wassermann-Schultz into changing her personality’s rough edges. This is obviously a desperate move because she is now portraying herself as a working mother who works for the public good in Washington.
When Ms. Wasserman-Schultz explained how being a mother in government “poses challenges,” she failed to mention that although she is a working mother, she is very different to most working mothers around the country. She has what must be called a “privileged financial status.” First she has a congresswoman’s salary. Second, her husband is a banker and their combined income means they can easily afford childcare for their children.
Blocking Democrats From Voter Database
To the consternation of some Democrat colleagues, Wassermann-Schultz has been blocking a Democratic hopeful from accessing the voter file database which is a vital campaign tool for any election, according to U.S. News and World Report. Tim Canova, Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s primary challenger, who speaks in the video below, wrote in Medium, “Last week, I called the Florida Democratic Party to request access to the voter file database and software known as VAN that is routinely used by Democratic candidates across the country.”
Speaking to the Observer, Tim Canova said his campaign would not accept contributions from super PACs or corporations. He said “We’ve received over 5,700 individual contributions in just five weeks,” he said. “Last week, I called the Florida Democratic Party to request access to the voter file database and software known as VAN that is routinely used by Democratic candidates across the country.”
Wassermann-Schultz has not only tried to stop Tim Canova. She also tried to revoke Bernie Sander’s campaign access to the voter database files over a firewall breach and the ineptitude of the vendor hired by the DNC. The Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit in conjunction with Canova. Canova and Sanders representatives say they are “challenging corrupt and out-of-touch incumbents in the Democratic Party.”
Debbie Accepts Big Money Donations
Canova, who is relying on progressive Florida voters, does not like the fact that Wasserman Shultz takes money from big business, such as payday loan lenders. Canova is an attorney, and professor of Law and Public Finance at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.
The Florida congresswoman is capable of going to any length to protect her personal power. An example is the fact she has received millions of dollars in contributions from special interests on Wall Street and from the alcoholic beverages industry.
It’s no surprise those huge donations have seen her side against medical marijuana, because her donors don’t like it.Likewise, her Payday load donors must be really pleased with her, because she is against enacting laws that protect consumers from their predatory lending practices. She joined Republicans to fight Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Debbie Wassermann-Schultz may have passed her use-by date.