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The ubiquitous Debbie Wasserman Schultz



dwsjpg.jpgIf you've turned on cable news in the past few days, you surely caught a glimpse of Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Already a frequent guest, she's stepped into a more visible role as House Democrats' leading voice in opposition to GOP plans to repeal the health care law.

Wasserman Schultz, who was tapped this week by Nancy Pelosi as a vice chair of communications, says Republicans are trying to undo important measures that help the uninsured and prevent insurers from prohibiting coverage for pre-existing conditions. And she points to a new CBO report that says repeal would add $230 billion to the deficit, a figure Republicans dispute.

Yesterday morning alone she appeared on MSNBC, then FOX News, then back to MSBNC. This afternoon, Wasserman Schultz led a Capitol news conference (pictured) with a gaggle of other Democrats to complain about the lack of hearings on the repeal. "The process is unacceptable," she said.

Wasserman Schultz lost a race to run the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee but will remain a chair of member and candidate services, a role that puts her amid redistricting battles. The other day, she stood next to former Pelosi and was named a vice chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, making her one of the top message carriers.

Still, there's a question whether Wasserman Schultz will hold her "cardinal" seat on appropriations for the legislative branch.


Photos -- St. Petersburg Times / Getty Images

[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 1:02am]


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