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Wasserman Schultz insists she is 'neutral' in Clinton-Sanders fight

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is used to the heat of national politics but now it has landed at home, with Bernie Sanders endorsing her primary opponent over the weekend.

On Sunday, Sanders amplified his distaste for the DNC chairwoman by issuing a fundraising appeal for Tim Canova, who already has raised a lot of money.

"The political revolution is not just about electing a president," reads the fundraising email. "We need a Congress with members who believe, like Bernie, that we cannot change a corrupt system by taking its money. So let me introduce you to Tim Canova, a progressive challenger who is running against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Democratic primary in Florida this year. Tim endorsed Bernie’s presidential campaign, and was inspired to run because of Wasserman Schultz’ support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. His campaign is funded like ours, by lots of people giving small amounts of money."

In a statement, Wasserman Schultz said:

"I am so proud to serve the people of Florida's 23rd district and I am confident that they know that I am an effective fighter and advocate on their behalf in Congress.  Even though Senator Sanders has endorsed my opponent I remain, as I have been from the beginning, neutral in the Presidential Democratic primary. I look forward to working together with him for Democratic victories in the fall."

[Last modified: Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:48pm]


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