As chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman Schultz should represent Democratic values.
But, she doesn’t. Not even close.
The DNC Chair serves at the “pleasure of the President.” The President should no longer be pleased.
Wasserman Schultz has used her role as DNC Chair to try and minimize competition for her candidate, Hillary Clinton.[i] She attempted to schedule very few debates at times of low TV viewing[ii] and has been accused of questionable fundraising arrangements with Hillary Clinton.[iii]
We expect better from our DNC Chairwoman. When Sanders supporters attempted to persuade their superdelegates to support the candidate who had won their state’s popular vote, Wasserman Schultz scolded them for “using tactics that border on harassment, that feel like stalking.”[iv] She has referred to young female Sanders supporters of “complacency” because they were born after Roe V. Wade.[v]
As a congresswoman, Wasserman-Schultz is a member of the “New Democrat Coalition” — lawmakers who take progressive stands on social issues, but are sympathetic to GOP economic policies.[vi] One stunning example is her co-sponsorship of a bill that would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) payday loan regulations.[vii]
Much of the payday loan industry are economic vampires, sucking the financial lifeblood of poor communities with usurious interest rates. The regulations aim to shield families from predatory lending.
The CFPB, created by Senator Elizabeth Warren, is accustomed to attacks by the GOP and corporate democrats who are longtime recipients of campaign contributions from the payday loan industry. And now the industry has a new ally – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Thank you for joining us in telling President Obama to choose a DNC Chair who speaks for us,
Joshua Grossman, President Progressive Kick, Give Conservatives the Boot!
Progressive Kick is an organization of pragmatic progressives, dedicated to construction of a society that values the needs/rights/responsibilities of all of its members-from the most powerful to the least. Since the most powerful are already being taken care of, our capacity building focuses on the rest of us.
[i] Amanda Girard, “5 Times Debbie Wasserman Schultz Violated DNC Rules and Stacked the Deck in Favor of Clinton,” US Uncut, December 20, 2015.
[ii] Adam Edelman, “Saturday Night 2016 Democratic Debate Gets Lowest Ratings of Any Debate This Year,” New York Daily News, December 20, 2015.
[iii] Mark Hensch, “DNC Head: No Difference on Clinton, Sanders Fundraising,” The Hill, April 20, 2016.
[iv] Alex Griswold, “DNC Chair Suggests Bernie Supporters’ Tactics ‘Border on Harassment,’ ‘Feel Like Stalking’ ,” Mediaite, April 14th.
[v] Ana Marie Cox, “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent,” The New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2016.
[vi] Zach Carter, “You’ve Probably Missed This Key Struggle Among Democrats,” Huffington Post, January 29, 2016.
[vii] Zach Carter, “DNC Chair Joins GOP Attack On Elizabeth Warren’s Agency,” Huffington Post, March 10, 2016.