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DNC's Wasserman Schultz Denies She's On Way Out

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 08:18 PM

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, is pushing back at a report that she has lost the support of party leaders, including President Barack Obama, and could be headed for an early exit as party chair. 

Wasserman Schultz told reporters at a news conference in Florida on Thursday that she will serve out her term, which ends in January 2017. It was her first comment on the issue since Politico reported on Sept. 21 that fellow Democrats were abandoning her in droves.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Wasserman Schultz walked away from reporters after promising to stay on as DNC chief, and she declined to answer follow-up questions about the Politico article.

Wasserman Schultz is the official in charge of party-wide fundraising and political messaging at a time when Democrats are at risk of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate this fall, and the president's approval ratings are so low that Democrats on the campaign trail avoid him.

She drew sharp criticism last month for comparing a Republican governor, Scott Walker, to a domestic abuser. Wasserman Schultz said that Walker was giving women "the back of his hand" and "grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back."

Although she recanted the statement, she continues to use variations on it in talking about Republicans.

Politico reported, based on multiple interviews, that Democrats have come to believe Wasserman Schultz is using the chairwoman's post to advance her own career at the expense of the party — by asking party donors to contribute specifically to her PAC and campaign and

Politico reported that if Hillary Clinton seeks and wins the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Wasserman Schultz — a Clinton fundraiser in 2008 until she defected to Obama — will likely be out as party chairwoman.

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The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, is pushing back at a report that she has lost the support of party leaders, including President Barack Obama, and could be headed for an early exit as party chair.
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