"He is running a tough campaign on the kind of progressive platform we need to see in this country: opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, backing free tuition at public colleges and universities, reforming a corrupt campaign finance system and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Tim is on the side of working people and that's why we need to help him win."
Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to think beyond presidential politics, to vote down ballot, and to broaden their vision of democratic action. This effort to unseat Wasserman Schultz and to promote a more progressive voice is the latest evidence that he remains committed to supporting a meaningful ideological shift within the Democratic Party.
Canova's campaign, as The American Prospect observes, mirrors that of Sanders in several ways.
"Since launching his primary challenge against Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the beginning of the year, law professor Tim Canova has built the most successful small-donor driven campaign in the country—that is, of course, except for Bernie Sanders. Of the roughly $2.3 million that Canova has raised so far, 76 percent has come from donors who have given less than $200. That's a higher share than any other House or Senate candidate, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics."
As The Hill reported on Monday, Canova has accused Wasserman Schultz of "dodging debates."
Echoing the campaign of Bernie Sanders, Canova has also pointed to Wasserman Schultz's coziness with corporate America, and he has recently accused her of violating campaign finance law, citing emails released by WikiLeaks. He has, as a result, filed an FEC complaint.
"It is now clear our opponent, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, improperly and illegally abused her position at the Democratic National Committee to coordinate against our campaign," Canova's campaign website states.