“Power went to her head … and mounting criticism then made her paranoid” after she became DNC chair, said those who have known Wasserman Schultz.
Democrats have a message for disgraced former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): “Go away!”
Politico’s Marc Caputo wrote an expose on Wasserman Schultz’s sudden a rapid fall from grace in which fellow Democrats didn’t hold back their criticism of the embattled congresswomen. Instead, they paint a picture of someone who is paranoid and without any allies.
The article centers around the most recent scandal that Wasserman Schultz finds herself embroiled in, involving her longtime IT staffer Imran Awan, who is “under a federal investigation for alleged equipment and data scam.”
Wasserman Schultz’s has said she believes the investigation into Awan is “rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry.”
But, Nikki Barnes, a progressive DNC member told Politico that Wasserman Schultz’s defense doesn’t make sense and that the investigation into Awan, “doesn’t sound like racial profiling.”
“We wish [Wasserman Schultz] would go away and stop being so public by doubling down on negative stories,” Barnes told Politico about Wasserman Schultz’s most recent scandal.
“Debbie’s name does not scream trust,” Barnes added. “It screams power. It screams limited access. It screams WikiLeaks now. DNC lawsuit. It screams a lot of negative things to the public. That’s not how we want to rebrand ourselves.”
As for Wasserman Schultz’s leadership at the DNC, Barnes says she “left the national party ‘in shambles’ while chair.”
Former DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak didn’t have anything positive to say about Wasserman Schultz either, telling Politico: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz is still a national figure, but unfortunately for her, it’s because so many people around the country see her as playing a devastatingly bad role in the last election.”
“I can mention her name in Minneapolis, and it gets a viscerally negative reaction, and I’ve found that to be the case in other parts of the country, too. Sadly, I think she deserves the negative reputation,” Rybak added.
Politico added that when they attempted to contact longtime allies to Wasserman Schultz, the allies “struggled to say kind words about her or explain how and why she got into this latest jam. They describe a hard-working politician with a sharp mind but an equally sharp tongue and hot temper that leads her into otherwise avoidable dustups and troubles.”
“In politics, you’re as strong as your friends. And she doesn’t have as many as she used to. And that’s her fault,” top Democratic donor John Morgan said of Wasserman Schultz’s lack of political allies.
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