April 5, 2016

Democratic Chief In Reelection Trouble

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and longtime Florida politician Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in the political fight of her life.

Wasserman Schultz’s establishment support has backfired. Her Democratic primary opponent, Tim Canova, has raised more than half a million dollars in the first three months of 2016. Canova’s haul has been powered by small donors, and he received nearly $100,000 following President Obama’s endorsement of the Congresswoman.

Wasserman Schultz has been plagued with negative press and has butted heads with progressive Democrats over her heavy-handed tactics governing the Democratic presidential primary process, her (mis)management of the party itself, and reversing a ban on federal lobbyist contributions for the DNC, among other actions.

As the Democrat Party fights for its soul in the presidential primary, which features scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton against Socialist Bernie Sanders, Wasserman Schultz’s race looks to be in a similar situation: an insurgent liberal opponent outraising a longtime Democrat insider with a questionable leadership record.