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Wasserman Schultz exults after results in Ohio, Mississippi -- and what it could mean in Florida



Florida's Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, exulted tonight after voters in Ohio and Mississippi overturned a law affecting collective bargaining rights and rejected a sweeping anti-abortion measure. Both may give Democrats hope in Florida.

"Tonight, Ohio’s voters rejected Issue 2 as a blatantly partisan attempt to lay the blame for our economy on middle class Americans, while letting the wealthiest and special interests off the hook and not asking them to pay their fair share," Wasserman Schultz said. "Voters in Ohio know that targeting public employees for political reasons will do nothing to create jobs or boost Ohio’s economy."

"The so-called ‘Personhood’ Amendment that Mississippi voters voted down tonight was a dangerous and divisive measure that would restrict a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother. It would highly restrict or even end most infertility treatments, and it would go as far as outlawing many forms of birth control. This amendment is so extreme that even pro-life Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said it gave him pause."

The personhood amendment is being pushed in Florida as well but tonight's results show the challenge. The measure is being pushed in Florida but already faces a high bar due to changes in Florida law. The union victory in Ohio will likely amp up organized workers and Democratic grassroots activists in Florida, who have grown increasingly vocal about Gov. Rick Scott.

Wasserman Schultz also went on MSNBC.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:51pm]


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