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Obama Endorses Wasserman-Schultz In Primary

Hillary Clinton is not the only powerful Democratic politician facing a primary fight. Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Representative from Florida Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is facing her first primary challenger since being elected 12 years ago.

But, she has the support of the President.

“Debbie has been a strong, progressive leader in Congress and a hardworking, committed Chair of our national Party since I proudly nominated her to the role in 2011,” President Obama said.

“She always stands up and fights for what is right for her district while passionately supporting middle class families.”

The Hill reports:

Wasserman Schultz has irked some liberals, who argue that as chairwoman of the Democatic National Committee she has tipped the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary fight. 

The back-and-forth also caused some progressive groups to call for Wasserman Schultz to step down as the party’s chair.

Obama doesn’t typically make endorsements in many House primaries, so the decision to wade into this one is noteworthy.

In his statement, he praised Wasserman Schultz’s “unwavering commitment to her family, her constituents, and our shared goals of protecting seniors, supporting working families, and expanding economic opportunity for more people.”

Tim Canova, who is challenging Wasserman Schultz, has backed Sanders’s presidential campaign and was endorsed by the National Nurses United super-PAC, the group that has already spent more than $1 million to help Sanders.

Wasserman Schultz’s district leans Democratic so she’s unlikely to face a serious general election challenge.

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