Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) reportedly threatened to accuse President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and sexism if she was ousted as DNC chair.
According to a Politico report, when Wasserman Schultz “sensed Obama was considering replacing her as chair in 2013, she began to line up supporters to suggest the move was both anti-woman and anti-Semitic.”
Last year, Politico detailed Wasserman Schultz’s problems with national Democrats. The outlet noted that she was “in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.” Though Wasserman Schultz had compared Tea Partiers to wife beaters and criticized Obama’s handling of the border crisis, she was ultimately not forced out before the 2014 midterms in which Democrats were walloped, as Politico noted. Obama’s opinion of her was reportedly “sealed back in 2011” according to the outlet: “Shortly after becoming chairwoman, she pushed hard for a meeting with the president that she kicked off by complaining that she had been blocked from hiring the daughter of a donor — who’d been on staff in her congressional office — as a junior staffer to be the DNC’s Jewish community liaison.”
As DNC Chair, Wasserman Schultz especially angered Democrats when she reportedly tried to use DNC funds to buy herself clothes on at least three occasions–and she doggedly would not let the issue go, reportedly asking top Obama adminisration officials to give the DNC the green light to purchase her fancy clothing.
As she considers a potential Senate run in 2016, Wasserman Schultz has been under fire this week after emails were leaked in which Wasserman Schultz’s staff proposed that she would change her position on medical marijuana if a donor recanted criticisms of her.
Wasserman Schultz denied the charges. She claimed on Friday that there were no emails and called the charges “outrageous” even though Politico had obtained text messages and emails regarding the proposed quid pro quo.
According to Politico, the donor “released an email chain and related text messages that he said showed the medical-marijuana initiative’s political consultant, Ben Pollara, was in contact with Wasserman Schultz’s political adviser, Jason O’Malley, who received an email concerning the alleged deal.”