LGBT Ally Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Chair DNC
Written by Instinct Staff |
Tuesday, 05 April 2011
|Tags: president obama, dnc, rnc, rep. debbie wasserman schultz, hrc, human rights campaign, joe solomese|
“She is very good on television and she’s part of the next generation of Democrats,” said longtime Democratic strategist and former official at the national party Jenny Backus. Not familiar with Rep. Wasserman Schultz? Read up on her after the jump.
President Obama selected Rep. Wasserman Schulz (D-FL) as his choice to succeed Tim Kaine, who announced early today that he intends to run for Senate in Virginia.
She would be the first woman to serve as the permanent head of the committee in a presidential election year, party officials said. At least two women have served as interim chairwoman.
The New York Times reports that, “Ms. Wasserman Schultz, 44, is known for her strong fund-raising abilities, party officials said, and would become one of the few high-profile woman surrogates on television for the president. She first gained national attention during the Florida recount in 2000, when she was a state legislator, and has been a rising figure in the party over the last decade.”
Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith said of Rep. Wasserman Schultz in 2010 that, "She's with us, an absolute champion when it comes to equality, first as a legislator in Florida." More on Wasserman Schultz's LGBT track record here.
From the outset, this looks like another fine choice by Obama.
Meanwhile, RNC Chairmen Reince Priebus is getting heat from the Human Rights Campaign in an open letter from President Joe Solomese:
“From the way in which certain issues are detailed, reasonable people would conclude that the RNC believes in discrimination against LGBT people,” wrote Solmonese. “You sensationalize issues like hospital visitation rights for loving families and ending housing discrimination when the truth is Americans agree that these are the right things to do.”