While there has not been nearly the drama in the Democratic race for the White House as seen on an hourly basis with the Republicans, there has been some criticism of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whom some say is too supportive of Hillary Clinton.
And now, for the first time since she was first elected to the House in 2004, Wasserman Schultz faces a primary opponent as she seeks to return to Congress for another term. Some have wondered: What kind of support does the Florida Congresswoman have from within the party as she battles not only critics of her work leading the DNC, but also a challenger in the primary?
Those questions would seem to have been answered resoundingly in favor of Wasserman Schultz with the endorsement of President Barack Obama, who praised her as a progressive:
‘Debbie has been a strong, progressive leader in Congress and a hardworking, committed Chair of our national Party since I proudly nominated her to the role in 2011.
She always stands up and fights for what is right for her district while passionately supporting middle class families.’
For those tempted to think the President’s endorsement was a foregone conclusion, it should be noted that he doesn’t normally make endorsements in most House primary battles, so his comments are indeed a very big deal, and a huge boost for Wasserman Schultz.
In Obama’s statement, he also complimented Wasserman Schultz for her:
‘Unwavering commitment to her family, her constituents, and our shared goals of protecting seniors, supporting working families, and expanding economic opportunity for more people.’
The Florida Congresswoman is being challenged by Tim Canova, who is a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. While Canova has been able to raise some needed campaign funds, he is not believed to have a serious shot of unseating Wasserman Schultz from her seat in the House.
Once again, the contrast in parties is striking: On one side you have candidates taking cheap shots at one another’s wives, talking about their genitals, and urging the United States to profile or ban Muslim Americans. On the other, you have two passionate candidates talking about real issues and offering hope for a better America.
Here’s an interview with Debbie Wasserman Schultz from earlier this year:
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