By Javier ManjarresCongresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on “Facing South Florida,” a Sunday morning political TV show on the local South Florida CBS affiliate hosted by Jim DeFede.
At the end of her interview, the congresswoman was asked about the potential gubernatorial showdown between Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Wasserman Schultz said that “Floridians are quite full of Rick Scott,” but she tried to walk a fine line as to Crist’s potential candidacy and indicated she would be staying out of a contested Democratic primary by stating, “I’m Switzerland.”
Shortly before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, speculation swirled that Wasserman Schultz would back a potential Crist gubernatorial candidacy after Crist was asked to address Democrats at their convention-
Since Wasserman Schultz is quietly pushing for a Crist gubernatorial candidacy- she landed him the speaking spot at the Democratic National Committee convention in Charlotte, as nothing happens at the DNC without the Chairwoman’s nod of approval. But as a result of Debbie’s intervention, Florida Democrats feel as if Wasserman Schultz has betrayed them, especially current Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich.
Senator Rich, one of the most liberal and confrontational members of the state legislature- not to mention a close friend of Wasserman Schultz, is very “disappointed” with her friend’s support of a possible Crist gubernatorial candidacy, especially considering the fact that she is the only Democrat thus far who has announced her candidacy for Governor. – Shark Tank
The only thing “sure” about Charlie is that he’s looking out for #1.
When DeFede asked the congresswoman about Crist’s past and his current position on abortion, Wasserman Schultz said that “we are the big tent party. We elect on the issue of a woman’s right to choose.” She added that Crist was going to have “a lot of ground work to do” to convince Democrat leaders and constituents that he would best represent their next Governor.
Wasserman Schultz’ statement is likely a “gentle” reminder for Crist if he’s going to have a future in the Democrat party. In order for Crist to have any chance of winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary, he’s got do more of what he does best- change his position to accommodate prospective Democrat voters in Florida and hope that enough low-information voters will be won over by his populist charisma.
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