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August 18, 2019

Debbie Gets Primaried: Progressivism on The Rise

Throughout this presidential primary, the Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has managed to anger virtually every progressive liberal in America. Showing a transparent and blatant bias for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has distanced herself from neutrality within this race and violated DNC rules.

She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives for several different districts, the Florida Senate, and was campaign co-chair for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 unsuccessful run for President. She is currently a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 23rd district, which covers Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. 

So let me get this straight. Someone who literally endorsed and worked for Hillary Clinton in the past is allowed to be the chairperson for the Democratic National Committee during an election in which Hillary Clinton is running. In case of true neutrality for the position, it would be okay. But time and time again we’ve seen Debbie Wasserman Schultz breaking rules and distancing herself from that fine line of neutrality. Her political career is controversial, to the point of having a record of less-than-accurate responses within her speeches.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz once claimed Marco Rubio said “we should be considering internment” of Muslims, and “maybe we should close down cafes and diners where Muslims gather and in fact compared them to the Nazi party.” She also claimed America “stood alone in the Iraq War”. Now, overall her career seems to be made up of half-true and mostly-true statements. A fantastic career comparative to many of the Republican candidates. But, entirely, her stance towards Hillary Clinton is what’s shining through her career at the morning.

Party stalwarts, including many die-hard Clinton fans, criticize the decision to hide primary debates on weekend nights, setting them up for Clinton successes while lying about giving each candidate “equal air time.” And in a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, Wasserman Schultz insulted millennial women for being “complacent” about abortion rights. Her third wave feminism seems to insult many female Bernie voters, as well. The Sanders campaign also claimed in December of 2015 that the DNC — chaired by Schultz — was “actively attempting to undermine” his campaign after the DNC denied Sanders access to the party’s 50-state voter files.

All of these seems very one-sided, even to Clinton supporters. It seems as if we have an establishment chairperson of an establishment committee who previously endorsed, supported, and even worked for the same establishment candidate that is winning all the establishment votes in the establishment elections prior.

And her political infrastructure in Florida’s 23rd District might be crumbling right before our very eyes. I’ve talked about how the progressive movement is slowly climbing to reach its peak but might not be ready yet; but while Bernie Sanders is running for President we have been seeing progressive candidates form against establishment incumbents for representative seats in Congress.

Alex Singer in Nevada, for example, has been pushing for a Sanders-based agenda for the 3rd District of Nevada. So representatives across the nation may swap and change the party from the ground up! Debbie’s own District in Florida just might be up for grabs as well. For the first time in a while, she’s getting primaried herself.

Tim Canova has recently announced that he will challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the primary for her Congressional seat in the 23rd District of Florida. He has claimed her to be “against true progressives”, citing that she is wrong on issues such as the TPP, the war on drugs, and consumer financial protection. Canova himself is a professor of law at the Shepard Broad College of Law of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and he is an expert on the Federal Reserve. This could easily swing to a more progressive crowd!


Tim Canova has been challenging Wall Street banks and political corruption for most of his adult life. As an activist, attorney, educator, and frequent commentator on the rigged economic and political systems that put Wall Street and multinational corporations first while leaving ordinary Americans behind, Tim is uniquely positioned to shake up Congress. — Tim Canova’s Website

This could be big for the progressive-based crowd. This could be very bad for an establishment-based committee that has already lost its Vice Chairperson. Nothing would immediately happen to her DNC Chair if she lost her congressional seat, but the party is going to start seeing her as a liability. A controversial leader isn’t a good leader in terms of movement. Progressive natures will be moving through the party within the next few years. But, it’s still an uprising. It’s still change. It’s still a problem for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s political career — whether it be in the short or long term.

And the most ironic part of it all? While Debbie has been attempting to stop Bernie Sanders from beating Hillary, she just might find herself beaten by a Bernie Sanders!

As a Floridian myself, I’ll be looking forward to this race. While everyone focuses on the national primary, some of the most interesting may be happening right in our very own backyards.

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