Democratic Party Chairman and Florida Congress Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary battle has become even hotter after her challenger got an endorsement from a major progressive group.
Democracy for America endorsed Tim Canova, who is facing an uphill battle against Wasserman Schultz, a powerful establishment figure in the Democratic Party, but has also received a great deal of support and donations from progressives. Much of that support is because of the dissatisfaction they have with Wasserman Schultz, who has been criticized handling the Democratic primary in a way that favored Hillary Clinton, as well as her ties to big money interests.
“DFA members are backing Tim Canova in this race for Congress, not for who he supports or who supports him, but because he has spent his life challenging the power of Wall Street banks, multinational corporations, and the systemic political corruption that keeps them profitable at the expense of everyone else,” DFA Chairman Jim Dean said in a statement, according to Politico.
Dean continued: “Simply put, if Democrats are going to be the party that confronts the wealthy and powerful who dominate our political process and enable growing income inequality, we need political revolutionaries like Tim Canova in the U.S. Congress.”
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Canova, who has also been endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, welcomed the backing of DFA.
“DFA members in our district are overwhelming in support of our campaign. They understand that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has failed us by standing with Republicans and corporate interests against the people of South Florida,” he said. “This district deserves a nominee who will stand with working Americans, not wealthy elites. I'm glad to have them on board as we continue to build a grass-roots campaign that believes in progress for all.”
Canova, a law professor who has never held elected office before, said he has amassed nearly $2 million in his challenge against Wasserman Schultz, much of it coming after Sanders sent a fundraiser email to his own supporters for Canova.
Sanders raised eyebrows when he endorsed the opponent of the chairman of the Democratic Party while he seeks out that party's nomination.
"Well, clearly, I favor her opponent. His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz's,” Sanders said, adding, “With all due respect to the Chairman, if [I were] elected president, she would not be re-appointed as Chairman of the DNC.”