DNC Dispatch: “Sometimes You Just Have to Take One for the Team.”

July, 29 2016

by Amy E. Schwartz


It had been, she said, “a difficult week.” It sure had. But when Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz walked into the reception thrown by the National Jewish Democratic Council late Thursday, she was among friends. She was hugged, praised, hugged again. A dozen people asked if she was all right. She kept saying yes, although, at the start of this “difficult week,” a scandal of leaked emails had forced her resignation as Democratic party chair just days before she was to gavel in the convention she had been instrumental in organizing.


NJDC Chair Greg Rosenbaum called Schultz to the podium and praised her fundraising prowess, her success in organizing the massive convention, her uncanny efficiency: “I always ask her if she is the real Debbie Wasserman Schultz, because there must be at least four or five clones.” Wasserman Schultz, thanking him, noted that “Sometimes you just have to take one for the team.” It seemed as if the team appreciated it.

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