Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz does not have a personality that is welcoming to many key political VIP’s in her party. In fact, her reputation has plummeted to the point where she is being challenged in the Democratic Primary for her Florida congressional seat for the first time ever, as reported by The Washington Post Tuesday.
Many Democratic lawmakers blame her poor leadership for their shocking losses in the 2014 midterm elections and her handling of the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. Two of her worst critics have been presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in this election 2016.
Things have become so contentious, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, one of five DNC vice chairs, resigned from her position to support Sen. Sanders a few weeks ago. That prompted Ms. Wassermann-Schultz to desperately attempt to change her own personality’s rough edges by portraying herself as a working mother who does the public good in Washington.
Ms. Wasserman-Schultz’s explanation of how being a mother in government “poses challenges” fails to mention her privileged financial status. In other words, a majority of “working mothers” fall far short of the congresswoman’s salary. In fact, her husband is a banker and their combined income easily can afford childcare.
Under the personal duress from doubting colleagues, Wassermann-Schultz has been blocking a Democratic incumbent 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, 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.”
Canova, who is an attorney and professor of Law and Public Finance at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, speaking to the Observer, said his campaign would not accept contributions from super PACs or corporations. “We’ve received over 5,700 individual contributions in just five weeks,” he said. “That means, when I’m elected, I will not owe anything to any of these special interests and corporations and I can focus on representing the people of the district,” Canova said.
Aside from Mr. Canova, Wassermann-Schultz 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. His campaign filed a lawsuit with Canova. As they explain it, they are “challenging corrupt and out-of-touch incumbents in the Democratic Party.”
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 the donations have seen here side against medical marijuana. She also joined many Republicans to fight Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Wassermann-Schultz is against enacting any laws that protect consumers from the predatory lending practices of payday loans. That would go against her special interests that support her.