Staffers at the DNC have had it with the negative press former-chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is bringing their way.
One source told Politico, Wasserman Schultz is viewed “as the Democrats’ disastrous destruction.” The staffer said her decision to double down on former DNC IT aide Imran Awan, after he was found to have stolen DNC data and was arrested for bank fraud earlier this month, was the last straw.
“We wish she would go away and stop being so public by doubling down on negative stories,” Nikki Barnes, a DNC member from Florida told Politico.
Despite mounting evidence of Awan’s misconduct, Wasserman Schultz refused to fire him from her staff out of concerns he was being unfairly and racially profiled.
“There were racial and ethnic profiling concerns that I had,” she told the Sun-Sentinel last week.
But Barnes says few others saw the case as a racial profiling and he suspects Wasserman Schultz of an ulterior motive in retaining the Pakistani.
“It doesn’t sound like racial profiling … there must have been something for her,” she said.
Barnes’ account of Wasserman Shultz deleterious effect on the Democratic Party since her resignation from the chair position a year ago is a damning one. Dems are eager to be rid of the negative publicity as they try to construct a concise and positive message for their base moving toward the 2018 mid-term elections.
“Those of us on the DNC know we have to rebrand ourselves and earn the people’s trust. And unfortunately, Debbie’s name does not scream trust. It screams power. It screams limited access. It screams WikiLeaks now … DNC lawsuit. It screams a lot of negative things to the public. That’s not how we want to rebrand ourselves,” Barnes said.
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