We elect leaders like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Her counterpart, Reince Preibus of the RNC, is a complete ass but at least he's a conservative. He at least takes positions you would expect him to take. The same cannot be said of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
However, Reince does have something in common with DWS: they both seem to want Democrats to lose elections.
Debbie is your typical establishment wus. She'll support conservative Democrats but not liberal ones. She led the charge that Democrats should "run from Obama" in 2014, despite massive healthcare enrollments, unemployment being under 6%, record DOW, and 54 months of consistent job growth. Instead, Democratic candidates thought they'd somehow score points by attacking the president. Every single one of them who employed that strategy lost (deservedly so).
DWS also reversed Howard Dean's wildly successful 50 state strategy. Perhaps worst of all, she refused any help, (and I do many ANY KIND OF HELP AT ALL), to hundreds of local candidates across the nation. (The story from those we tried to help were all the same: they were ignored. They couldn't even get their events posted on the DNC's freaking website!)
The DNC hardly had any GOTV and didn't list volunteer efforts. There was absolutely NO platform offered to run on, and ZERO messaging. Even if they had bothered to craft one, it is doubtful they would have listened to the activists.
At the very least, you would expect Debbie to not HURT Democrats or our causes. Again, not the case. DWS was not only vocally opposed to a winning issue like medical marijuana, she joined the GOP using OUR resources to actively campaign against it!!
Miraculously, the amendment for medical marijuana almost passed here. We received 58% of the vote: just 2% short of the 60% threshold. A big reason was because of John Morgan. He is very well-known here in Orlando as a respected lawyer and people's champion. John Morgan stated that his life's mission is to help alleviate Floridian's suffering. For him, it's personal: his father and brother both suffered debilitating conditions that were relieved by marijuana. His father in particular was relieved from severe pain right before he died.
I would have more respect for DWS if she actually believed that medical marijuana was just bad. But she doesn't. She had the exact same mentality on this issue that she had on several issues: run from the Democratic position in an off-election year to attract the mythical right-leaning "independent".
Now that the midterms are over, she decides now that medical MJ is ok. And then she contacted John Morgan to make a proposal:
If John Morgan stopped the criticisms, she would be willing to back medical-marijuana next time.
John Morgan was absolutely furious, and said so:
When Debbie Wasserman Schultz came out last year against Amendment 2, she didn't just simply empower our opposition - she obstructed thousands of patients who desperately need access to this medicine. Her poor timing and very public stand against medical marijuana helped squander the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors.Then Debbie did what she typically does. She lied and denied to save face.
Now she wants to have a conversation in exchange for me toning down my criticism of her position last year (and the damage she caused)? Not a chance.
Because, while I don't believe she is well loved or personally has much influence in this state, I'll allow her the possibility that she might have changed a few minds that we needed. Staring down a campaign funded by a billionaire, we needed all the help we could get. She turned her back on people with Cancer, MS, PTSD, epilepsy, severe neuropathic pain, and more. She could have even stayed silent. She didn't. She made a big show of it.
I won't be bullied or trade favors when it comes to medical marijuana. If she thinks its time to support the bill - as she should - then SHE SHOULD SIGN THE PETITION, MAKE A DONATION TO UNITED FOR CARE AND SUPPORT THE BILL.
Everything else is B.S. politics in order to rehabilitate the damage she's done to herself by being on the wrong side of the issue. It's not support - it's a quid pro quo and I won't do it. 3.4 million voters came out for medical marijuana - and she should know that if she runs for Senate, we're not going to fall in line just because she's more open to it now.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday denied claims that her staff offered a deal to reverse her opposition to medical marijuana in order to silence a Florida donor’s criticisms — attributing the controversy to a misunderstanding.F&*k Debbie Wasserman Schulz. She should have had the decency to resign after the midterm elections, but she won't so she should be forced out instead. I'm glad John Morgan told her to stuff it.
But text messages and emails obtained by POLITICO indicate her top political adviser was aware of some type of offer to donor John Morgan, who is accusing the South Florida congresswoman of after-the-fact spin.
Go ahead and sign the petition to get it on the ballot in 2016. Click Here. We deserve relief from suffering. And we deserve a lot better than Debbie.