Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of the most powerful and recognizable Democratic members of Congress, was thrown a curve ball this week.
Her own party won’t offer any financial support for the Florida Congresswoman and current chair of the Democratic National Committee in her primary fight to retain her seat.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will, however, give her technical and logistical support, The Hill reported.
DCCC Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján claims it’s withholding funds for strategic purposes. It wants to concentrate its efforts on winning over vulnerable seats held by Republicans, and Wasserman Schultz’s district is safely Democratic.
“It’s a Democratic district, and typically our resources go — when you talk about financial resources and TV buys — those go to the most competitive races in America, That’s the priority that we have as a committee,” Luján, who represents a district in New Mexico told reporters, according to The Hill.
“That’s what we’ve been doing and will continue to do that. I don’t know if there will be a change.”
The DCCC’s executive director, Kelly Ward, confirmed Luján’s appraisal.
“We have an infrastructure that incumbents are welcome to participate in. We have staff that know how to run campaigns. So when incumbents have questions about technical campaign [issues] … we are happy to help them and give them good advice and guidance,” Ward said. “Debbie Wasserman Schultz clearly knows how to do that; she knows how to run a campaign, so she hasn’t needed our technical assistance in the same way that some of the other state incumbents sometimes do.”
She added that this especially applies to seats in heavily Democratic districts.
“We never spend money on the safe seats,” Ward said.
Wasserman Schultz, who is facing a primary battle with liberal populist Tim Canova, resigned from her position as national party chairwoman effective Thursday, due to a scandal involving hacked party emails.
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