The DNC chairperson is going to have a hard time keeping her leadership position and holding on to her office
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has been the U.S Representative of Florida’s 23rd congressional district, and since January 4, 2005. She is also currently the Chairperson for the Democratic National Committee. She has held this position since April 5, 2011, but lately her leadership has Democratic voters and leaders questioning her capabilities regarding that position.
The person holding her position as leader of the DNC should be an unbiased, and trustworthy. This individual should be the face of the Democratic Party, but Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has been rapidly losing her credibility. The hashtag #dumpdebbie (us news perm link) has surfaced on the Internet in the last few weeks while tensions have been running high over accusations of showing favoritism to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
She has been accused of purposely scheduling debates at inconvenient times, as well as not allowing each candidate to have the proper allotted time to get their point across at these debates .In the past she has also been accused of misusing funds from donors. These claims aren’t new.
Her popularity with democrats has been pretty fickle over the last few years. She has been viewed among progressives as a woman who is simply trying to further her career. Her grievances with Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters may seem trivial, but they are problematic.
Recently she landed herself in hot water after she took sides with remarks made about Bernie Sanders’ response to the protesters at the Nevada Convention. Sanders supporters have fired back in way that could hurt her career.
They have been donating to her running mate Tim Canova. Up until now Wasserman has held her position as a Representative for the Florida 23 congressional district for 6 terms without an opponent. Now she has to face Tim Canova, who was once an adviser to Senator Bernie Sanders and has a real chance at dethroning Wasserman Schultz.
If Wasserman Schultz is the mirror image of what the establishment wants then Tim Canova might be the polar opposite. Canova proposes a financial reform campaign that will “take big money out of politics” he is refusing to take a penny from corporations and their political action committees such as SuperPacs.
He will take small donations from regular citizens instead. This is a fundraising plan that is identical to the one that Bernie Sanders has in place. There is far more that separates Tim Canova’s policies from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, such as his stance on medical marijuana, and ending “The war on drugs.”
Recently, Democracy for America, a well-known democratic organization went on record to announce their endorsement of Canova. This endorsement is a major deal for Canova campaign. So what does this mean for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz? It can mean a lot. No, it won’t automatically affect her position as Chairperson for the DNC, but it could be the beginning of the end for her.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Can Wasserman-Schultz hold on to her Chair long enough to make it to the Democratic Convention in November? Will these claims of favoritism and fraud come to anything? Will Tim Canova have his chance to shake up the establishment? At this point everything with the Democratic Party is ‘up in the air, so only time will tell.