During the 2016 primary and general election races, all the talk was about the presidential match up between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and then businessman Donald Trump.Both candidates swamped their primary opponents, and headed towards the much-anticipated general election.
We all know how that story ended, with Trump pulling an upset and defeating Clinton.
But the Trump-Clinton race was not the only hotly contested and contentious race of 2016. Yes, there were many close primary and general election races that garnered a lot of media attention nationwide, but the one race that seemed to drown out the rest was the Democratic congressional primary race between Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (pictured) and college professor Tim Canova.
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Canova’s campaign against ‘DWS’ was vicious, to say the least, as he was trying to out-liberal Rep.Wasserman Schultz in their respective primary race.
The college professor harped on the former DNC Chairwoman’s perceived ongoing struggles and corruption with the Democratic Party, as well as the conspiracy theory that Clinton and Wasserman Schultz had “fixed” the presidential primary race against Senator Bernie Sanders.The infamous Wikileaks emails all but proved those theories to be true.
But even after raising $3.8 million dollars and losing by a wide margin to Wasserman Schultz in the primary, Canova’s political resilience continues.
Canova has just announced the he rematch congressional stalwart Wasserman Schultz, and plans on once again running on platform that demands “election integrity, transparency in verifying our votes.”
We caught up with Canova at the annual Democratic Party’s “Leadership Blue Gala” in Hollywood, Florida, where we asked him what his campaign was going to do different this time around.
Canova said the his campaign didn’t “have to do a lot differently,” just build on his base, adding that his biggest problem he had in 2016 was building up his name recognition.Name recognition will not be Canova’s problem anymore.
Canova then pivoted and took some swipes at Rep. Wasserman Schultz, saying that the congresswoman has “failed” their political party.
The party needs new blood. Needs new focus. Needs a new direction, and she’s really associated with the politics that have failed the Democrats so badly.
We then asked him if he thought the recent email drama that Wasserman Schultz was involved in took a toll on her standing among Democrats, and if he thought she was vulnerable in 2018.
I think Wasserman Schultz is one of the more controversial figures in this party right now. There are very few districts in the country she can go and campaign for Democrats and win votes for those candidates. Wherever she goes people remember how she conducted herself as head of the DNC. So. I don’t need to talk about it.People know it, and she’s not popular as a result of that. And like I said a year ago, folks thought that we were going to have a Hillary Clinton Administration and Wasserman Schutlz might be playing a big role. Now they look at her and they see she was the head of the DNC that did such a poor job uniting Democrats. A DNC that apparently wanted Donald Trump, according to the Wikileaks memos. The DNC wanted Donald Trump, Ben Carson or Ted Cruz. They got what they wished for and now the country is suffering for it.”- Tim Canova
Wasserman Schultz’s office responded to the Shark Tank’s request for a response to Canova’s statements.
The congresswoman took a much different approach in her response, referring to Canova as just an opponent without even mentioning him by name.
Wasserman Schultz stuck to script and focused her attention on President Trump and the Republican-led U.S. Congress.
If you haven’t noticed, there is no love lose between these to politicos.Here is Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s response to Canova:
“I have opponents every election, and embrace it as a chance to talk directly with voters and discuss what I’m working on to meet their needs. Next year’s race is no different.
So no matter who I face in the primary or the general election, I’ll focus on expanding affordable quality health care and protecting our environment, as well as advocating on behalf of the interests of working Americans, students, seniors, women and children. That will not ever change.”
What is different is that Democrats must unite to beat back the dangerous and damaging policies of the Trump-Republican agenda, and avoid the personal and destructive rhetoric that breeds the kind of hostility we just witnessed in Washington.”-Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Expect this race to get really ugly, really fast.“Let’s get ready to rumbleeeeeeeeeee!!!!!”