President Barack Obama is keen to keep Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on as the Democratic Party’s chairwoman, according to a Democratic official.
Wasserman Schultz has been the chair of the Democratic National Committee since early 2011, and party leaders give her some of the credit for helping Obama take her home state of Florida in the election, reports The Huffington Post. Wasserman Schultz is also partially credited with expanding the Senate majority and picking up more seats in the House in 2012.
Seems like a job well done for Democrats, which is why Obama is asking DNC members to back her when they meet in January after his second presidential inauguration.
Wasserman Schultz, 46, is a breast cancer survivor and mother of three. She has represented the Democratic Fort Lauderdale area since 2005 and is well known as a “workhorse” and outspoken liberal who isn’t afraid to face Republican opponents on live television.
She fought hard for President Obama in Florida throughout the 2012 election, which helped the president snatch a close win in the traditional swing state in November. Wasserman Schultz is also Jewish and highly supportive of Israel and has fought critics who argue that Obama is anti-Israel on the issue. She is also a talented fundraiser, with Democrats crediting her with attracting donors who were skeptical of supporting President Obama for a second term.
Wasserman Schultz supported Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.
What do you think of Debbie Wasserman Schultz staying on as chair of the DNC? Is she the right person for the job?