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Wasserman Schultz stirs more liberal opposition, called on to resign



Liberal frustration with Debbie Wasserman Schultz continues to bubble up and now a group is circulating a petition calling on her to resign.

“As DNC chair, you have repeatedly failed to act in the best interests of progressives and the Democratic Party. You have lost the trust of grassroots progressives and Democrats. Please resign immediately,” reads the petition from CREDO Action.

The petition has more than 4,700 names after being launched Wednesday night, according to the group, which singled out comments the Florida congresswoman made to the New York Times Magazine about abortion.

An interviewer asked, “Do you notice a difference between young women and women our age in their excitement about Hillary Clinton? Is there a generational divide?”

Wasserman Schultz: "Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided."

She has long been under attack for her role DNC chairwoman. The recent uproar over Bernie Sanders and part voter data only added fuel to that. But Wasserman Schultz refused to discuss that. “Quite honestly, we are putting this behind us. The American people deserve an intelligent debate, and this isn’t one,” she told the New York Times Magazine.

The interviewer, Ana Marie Cox, said some criticism appears sexist.

‘The politically safe thing to say would be: ‘‘No. Of course not.’’ I don’t usually see sexism around every corner, but the criticism I’ve noticed of me over the past couple of years has absolutely zeroed in on qualities that, for a man, wouldn’t even be considered fodder for criticism.”

[Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 10:33am]


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