Pelosi, Messina celebrate Wasserman Schultz's new book
WASHINGTON - Top Democrats turned out tonight to celebrate Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the publication of her new book, For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation's Problems.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi gave a toast of "gratitude for her great leadership, her imagination, her integrity, her idealism" as a crowd looked on from the Capitol Hill home of Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Earlier Jim Messina praised the Floridian for her work on behalf of President Obama's re-election and as chairwoman of the DNC.
Among the lawmakers in attendance: Reps. Steny Hoyer, Ted Deutch, Joe Garcia, Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edward, Karen Bass, Cheri Bustos, Tony Cardenas, Lois Capps, Al Green. Also, DNC Acting Executive Director Laura Santucci, DNC Finance Chair Henry Munoz, AFL - CIO's Rich Trumka, Dee Dee Myers, Tammy Haddad, Debbie Dingell, Hilary Rosen, Kelley McCormick, Maria Cardona, Donna Brazil.
Wasserman Schultz invoked the Hebrew phrase tikkun olam, which means repairing the world, and said she had made that a career choice.
"We grew up, us 40-something-year-olds, in the 80s, a very consumption orientated me-generation in which most of our friends chose the path of rising up the corporate ladder, making as much money as humanly possible. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It was really important for me that I wake up every day and be able to help with other people's lives."
She said she wrote the book for the next generation of leaders confronted with issues from health care to immigration.