Bernie Sanders pushed to oust Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chair of the Democratic National Committee after leaked emails appeared to show party insiders conspiring against his campaign. Now the Vermont senator is working to help Wasserman Schultz’s opponent defeat her at the ballot box.
On Tuesday, Sanders tapped into his vast grassroots network to raise money for Tim Canova, Wasserman Schultz’s Florida primary challenger. “This race is very important,” Sanders wrote in an email. “If we can win this tough fight in Florida, it will send a clear message about the power of our grassroots movement.” The message asks supporters to make a donation so that the Canova campaign “can put it to use before the primary against Debbie Wasserman Schultz on August 30th.”
It’s no secret that Sanders isn’t a fan of Wasserman Schultz. The senator endorsed Canova in May and has helped fundraise for him in the past. But Sanders’s latest attempt to unseat Wasserman Schultz is a reminder that even after Sanders urged his supporters to rally around Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last month, there is still bad blood on the political left. To many Sanders supporters, the former DNC chair represents everything wrong with the Democratic establishment. Hostility intensified after Clinton named Wasserman Schultz an honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program in the wake of the email scandal, a move that Sanders supporters took as evidence of the kind of favoritism that corrupted the election. If it wasn’t clear already, it is now: Defeating Wasserman Schultz remains a priority for Sanders.