Debbie Wasserman Schultz Officially Accepts DNC Chair Position
MIAMI (CBS4) – In a series of tweets to her personal Twitter account, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz officially accepted the invitation to continue at her post.
Today I proudly accepted the nomination to stay on as DNC chair—to continue what we do best: out-work and out-organize our way to victory,” Wasserman Schultz posted to her account Tuesday. “Together, we will harness the energy, enthusiasm, and strategy that defined our campaign and channel that momentum into #
progress. We’re going to keep building the country we’ve been fighting for from day one—where the American Dream is truly within reach for everyone. We will move # forward, with common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication to help create a better America.”
In December, President Barack Obama tweeted Wasserman Schultz asking her to continue on as committee chair. DNC members supported his recommendation during a meeting after the inauguration Monday. .
A mother of three and a breast cancer survivor, Wasserman Schultz, 46, has represented a reliably Democratic Fort Lauderdale-area district since 2005. Along the way she has earned a reputation as a workhorse and as an outspoken liberal happy to duke it out on television with her Republican counterparts.
Throughout the presidential election, Wasserman Schultz was a particularly prominent spokeswoman for Obama in Florida, the critical swing state where the president eked out a close win in the November election. As a Jew and a strong advocate for Israel, she also provided a bulwark for Obama against Republican efforts to paint him as anti-Israel.
Wasserman Schultz also buoyed her reputation as a fundraiser during the 2012 election cycle, with Democrats noting that she was particularly adept at bringing into the fold donors to Bill and Hillary Clinton who had been wary of supporting Obama. She supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.