DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is speaking out after several members of the Democratic party have asked her to step down.
As Wasserman Schultz arrived in Davie for an event for Jewish-American Heritage Month Friday, there are rumblings in Washington saying that she should step down from her position as the chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee. “I am singularly focused on doing the job that President Obama has asked me to do, which is to make sure we can elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” Wasserman Schultz said.
At the forefront of the controversy is Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders feels the chairwoman has treated him unfairly and the two have publicly disagreed in recent weeks. “With all due respect to the current chairperson, if elected president, she would not be reappointed to be chair of the DNC,” Sanders said.
Sanders has also endorsed Wasserman Schultz’s opponent Tim Carnova in the primaries. “I think the voters in our district have not been well served,” Carnova said.
Wasserman Schultz is confident that she will still be victorious. “As far as my re-election, I’m confident that my constituents know that I have fought hard for them, that I have stood up for the values in this community,” she said.
The congresswoman did not get into too much detail, but said she is focused on the task at hand. Despite this, some Democrats feel that she has divided the party at such a critical time with the upcoming general election. “The role of the DNC chair is always a supportive role, not a starring role,” said Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.
“I have tremendous support in my congressional district, tremendous support all across the country, I was actually incredibly ratified at the outpouring of support,” Wasserman Schultz said. “You have a few anonymous off the record people who made comments — that’s why you have to tune out the noise. This is a rough and tumble business. My job is to be the best possible chair of the Democratic National Committee that I can be, tune out the noise and focus on getting a Democratic president elected.”
Wasserman Schultz went on to talk about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before she ended the Q&A session.
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