Last week Credo called on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to immediately resign after repeatedly working against the interests of progressives and the Democratic Party.
That call immediately shook up the Washington establishment. Over 50,000 CREDO members have already signed the petition, which has received extensive media coverage across the country. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was directly asked to respond to our petition.
Now it’s time to turn up the pressure and tell the Democratic Party’s leadership that they can’t sit on the sidelines while one of their own undermines the party’s progressive ideals and works against its grassroots activists and voters. We need to make it crystal clear that grassroots progressives are serious about holding their leaders accountable.
Democratic leaders have considered replacing Chair Wasserman Schultz before. And now, a rising chorus of voices are calling for her ouster. Our friends at National Nurses United recently called for Wasserman Schultz to resign over the “latest blatant effort by the Democratic National Committee to rig the primary process,” and we at CREDO Action agree.8 After four years, there is no longer any doubt that Wasserman Schultz must go. She has:
- Supported warmongers by trying to undermine the president’s Iran deal. Reports claim she attempted to scuttle a DNC committee resolution in favor of peace and diplomacy through the nuclear agreement with Iran. She also pointedly refused to publicly support the deal at first, giving Republicans an opening to attack, before finally voting in favor.
- Sided with anti-progressive special interests that hurt Democratic voters and her own constituents, including supporting a for-profit detention center after receiving contributions from private prison companies. Wasserman Schultz also lobbied to stop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from cracking down on predatory lenders. Under her leadership, the DNC partnered for one of the 2016 debates with a “notoriously anti-choice” media outlet.
- Put her own political interests ahead of the Democratic party, routinely soliciting donors at party events for donations to her own campaign and leadership PAC. She has also faced controversy for doing favors that would earn her votes for a House leadership position ahead of trying to win Republican seats. Previously, as head of the DNC’s Red to Blue program, she refused to support Democratic challengers to three Republicans she counts as friends.
- Rigged the primary process to suppress Democratic turnout by scheduling the bare minimum of presidential debates, at odd times when TV viewership is lowest —giving all candidates fewer opportunities to present their message, and suppressing the Democratic voter engagement that is essential to promote turnout at the polls. There are only six scheduled debates in 2016 compared to 26 in 2008. The latest, on the Saturday before Christmas, drew the lowest ratings of any debate in 2015.
Chair Wasserman Schultz has repeatedly pursued her own agenda at the expense of the progressive base and basic principles of fairness. That’s bad for progressive values and bad for the Democratic Party, and she must resign.