Another Liberal Group Calls for Wasserman Schultz’s Ouster

CREDO Action cites DNC chair’s controversial abortion comments

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) / AP
January 7, 2016

The liberal group CREDO Action called for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ouster as Democratic National Committee chair Wednesday after the Florida Democrat made controversial comments about abortion.

The group circulated a petition to 3.9 million of its progressive activists calling on Wasserman Schultz to resign from her post as DNC chair. The petition cited Wasserman Schultz’s recent comments suggesting that young women have been complacent in the fight for abortion rights in addition to other "unacceptable actions" as reasons for her to resign.

Wasserman Schultz, who represents Florida in Congress, told the New York Times Magazine in an interview published earlier Wednesday that she has witnessed "a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided."

The CREDO Action petition alleged that Wasserman Schultz’s statement proves "how out of touch she is with the progressive core values of the Democratic activist base"  and also charged that she has "used her platform for her personal political gain."

Additionally, the document accused Wasserman Schultz of rigging the Democratic presidential primary by limiting debates, scheduling many of them on weekends when viewership is low, and suppressing voter engagement.

The document had accumulated over 7,000 signatures as of midday Thursday.

The CREDO Action petition came just days after progressive advocacy group RootsAction launched its own petition calling for the DNC chair’s resignation. That petition, signed by nearly 30,000 individuals as of Thursday, also accused Wasserman Schultz of attempting to manipulate the primary election process to ensure a Hillary Clinton nomination.

Both Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Clinton’s competitors, have accused the DNC of trying to undermine their campaigns. Last month, the Sanders campaign sued the committee for shutting off its access to crucial voter data after a software error allowed one of its staffers to improperly view voter information gather by the Clinton campaign. The Sanders campaign and the DNC have since reached an agreement on the matter.

Last August, O’Malley accused party insiders of establishing an "undemocratic" six-debate schedule in order to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory.

Wasserman Schultz has chaired the DNC since 2011.