For the first time since assuming her title, Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing a challenger. Tim Canova, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, is hoping to unseat Schultz this August because he, along with many Democrats, are tired of her corporate ties.
Canova has hammered Schultz on her accepting corporate donations.
“She’s a corporate Democrat,” Canova told The Associated Press in an interview at an outdoor cafe near his modest storefront campaign office in Hollywood, Florida. “She’s been taking millions of dollars from the largest corporations and voting in their interests and not in the interests of her own constituents.”
As for his own campaign, Canova is rejecting any kind of big money contributions and opting instead for small donations. His message is apparently catching on. In the first quarter of 2016, he has raised more than $500,000.
Democrats have also fallen out of love with Schultz thanks to her voting in favor of last summer’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill.
In addition to her support of that anti-liberal legislation, she is receiving flak for her handling of this year’s election primary process. She and the DNC initially scheduled just six Democratic debates, clearly shielding Hillary Clinton from any kind of contest on her way to the nomination. Schultz has continued to defend her decision and insisted she is not biased toward any one candidate.
She'll have to do better than that if she wants to field off a challenger who shares the passion of Bernie Sanders.