WH ‘absolutely outraged’ Wasserman Schultz using DNC for own ambitions

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Photo Credit: Mediaite

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hasn’t spent the last 18 months as the head of the Democratic National Committee just for the good of the party. It appears she plans to use the experience, and the Rolodex, for her own ambitions – and not everyone is happy about it.

The congresswoman will use the DNC’s donor network to expand her political operation, so she can “double” the money she gives to Democrats in the House, Senate and state capitals around the country, according to Politico.

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been the top House Democratic fundraiser, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is perceived as the heir apparent when she steps aside. But Wasserman Schultz’s political team explicitly said her goal this cycle is to match Hoyer’s contributions to candidates — $2.5 million —positioning her to be a player.

“I don’t really do anything halfway,” Wasserman Schultz told Politico in an interview at DNC headquarters. “We thought with the higher profile I have at the DNC, and the donor relationships I’ve been able to build — and thankfully, a lot of people who want to help me be successful, because we share the same goals. We kind of put the leadership PAC on steroids. That’s the best way to describe it.”

Wasserman Schultz did not give specifics about her plans, and wouldn’t rule out running for governor, senator or a congressional leadership post.

“So far, the people of the 23rd Congressional District still continue to want me to represent them, and I don’t have any immediate plans to run for statewide office,” she told Politico. “But I can’t tell you I would never run for statewide office.”

One senior Democratic source said the White House was “absolutely outraged” by Wasserman Schultz’s comments in Politico, according to BuzzFeed.

“This is unbelievable. So much for supporting the president or electing Democrats,” a top Democratic political adviser told BuzzFeed. “She was honest that this is about her.”

A DNC official defended Wasserman Schultz, referring to her travel schedule and plans to stump for Democratic candidates like Terry McAuliffe in Virginia, as proof she is still focused on the national scene.

“The Chair’s working tirelessly, crisscrossing the country working for the president,” the official told Politico.

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About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • LHTwist

    I’m absolutely shocked that a politian’s actions are based on self promotion!

    It’s hiliarous that the WH demands 100% devotion to obama.

    • YouHateMe

      Kinda reminds you of the playground where your buddy goes to the other team, and you’re like WTF?? lol Childish, naïve and very, very dangerous these lefties are though.

  • Doug

    Another nationally loved Floridian!

    • Lance Brown

      Which Nation?

  • HolyCowRUKiddingme

    I was hoping that she spent the money an a
    HAIRSTYLIST, a DENTIST and a PLASTIC SURGEON!

  • ENOUGH!

    Why does Wasserman have an Adam’s Apple?

    • Tom Novick

      I wasnt sure but after googleing her and looking at the photos, it does seem that she does indeed have an Adams Apple, which is definately a MALE characteristic. Hmm wonder what else she/he is hiding

    • ar05075

      Debbiw Was s man Shultz..??

  • Jim Wass

    DWS is running for Speaker. Is there any news here?

  • JHLIII

    Sickening that this toxic, mendacious, rebarbative harpy masquerading as a congressional representative has a soapbox from which she can spew her vitriol.

  • Teresa

    She is supposed to be a lawmaker not a right hand man for Oblamer.

    • Jeff Smith

      Is there really a difference anymore?

  • Maus

    Spend a few bucks and get some dental work done, Deb.

    • Jerry

      Some new hair too.

  • patriot1742

    I hope she runs for president – that way she and Hillary can bump chests – it will be great.

  • Eric Goodman

    Debbie, dear Debbie, PLEASE run for a state or federal office. You will finally experience what the rest of Florida thinks of you once you crawl out from under your district’s protective umbrella. I welcome your larger political aspirations which will provide the proper venue for your reality check. DWS for President; that’s the fastest way to be rid of her.

    • Emmie Lou Tucker

      I’d love to get rid of her, BUT the nation elected O- they’d probably fall for her BS too