This morning I received an email appeal for a campaign contribution from Autocrat Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Debs wasn't begging for money for the Democratic National Committee, a campaign organization which she unfortunately heads, but rather she was soliciting for her own Congressional campaign - using, of course, the mailing list of the DNC. It's probably a good thing for Debbie that she is finally stepping back from her efforts to rig the nominating process for Hillary and beginning to focus on preserving her own place at the public trough, because Debbie Wasserman Schultz has gotten herself saddled with a primary opponent.
That's right - Debs is being primaried!
Tim Canova, the young man who has stepped forward to challenge the entrenched incumbent, is a well-repsected law professor in south Florida who has a background in economics and has been a vocal opponent of Wall Street and certain policies of the Federal Reserve. He is also a folksy populist who begins his newsletters with "Dear Brothers and Sisters." He is, in other words, intelligent and human - two qualities not often associated with the incumbent.
Canova had this to say in a recent email as he highlighted differences between himself and Wasserman Schultz:
"This election is about what kind of priorities we want our representative to have. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has received huge amounts of corporate money — from Wall Street, private prisons, big alcohol. Her corporate influence shines through in the policies she supports in Congress, like privatizing prisons, opposing medical marijuana, and voting to prevent Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from writing rules that would stop racial discrimination in car loans."A few weeks ago I responded to one of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's beg-o-grams with a reply asking to be dropped from her mailing list. Instead of honoring that simple request, her campaign organization responded by ramping up the amount of requests sent my way. Now, each time I receive another plea for a donation from her camp, I send one (sadly, a small one) to Canova instead - and then reply to the Wasserman-Shultz email by thanking her for reminding me to donate to Canova.
My little protest isn't much, I'll grant you that. But I do want to do my bit, regardless of how modest that effort may be, to bring democracy back to the Democratic Party.
God speed, Mr. Canova. May your campaign to return Florida's 23rd congressional district to the people be a raging success!