Oh this is going to be fun to watch! (And living in Florida, I’ve got a front-row seat).
Bernie Sanders has been coming down hard on the Democrat Party and on its national chairperson, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
So rancorous has their relationship become, The Hill reports that over the weekend, Sanders said he was giving his support to Tim Canova, who will face Wasserman Schultz in the August primary for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. He also said if elected president, he would effectively terminate Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
On Sunday, Sanders began fundraising for Canova, noting he is supporting the candidate “because it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics.” In an email, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver asked the candidate’s supporters to split a donation between Sanders’s presidential campaign and the effort to elect Canova.
Canova’s campaign announced Monday that more than $225,000 was raised from the fundraising email sent by Sanders campaign. Another $65,000 was raised in small dollar contributions since Sunday morning. The average campaign contribution has been $17.63.
Since January, the campaign received more than 5,886 individual donations from Floridians, Canova’s campaign said.
“Like Bernie, we are running a campaign that is funded by working Americans, not corporations or wealthy elites. I am proud to have (Sanders) endorsement and support in our campaign,” Canova said in a statement.
“Together, we are building a coalition of nurses, teachers, students, seniors, and more who overwhelmingly believe that our political and economic systems are rigged in favor of the billionaire class and establishment politicians like Wasserman Schultz.”
I tell you what, I’m almost willing to send this chap some money if it means we could knock Debbie off her perch. Who’s with me?
[Note: This article was written gleefully by Michele Hickford]