by Javier Manjarres
There’s been much speculation within political circles of late that DNC Chairwoman/Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may not seek another term in Congress and instead look to position herself for a comfy seat in President Obama’s cabinet were he to win reelection.
There’s been talk that the cabinet position Wasserman Schultz would be in line for would be the Secretary of Health and Human Services,which is currently under the direction of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. C’mon, wouldn’t you all want Debbie in charge of administering government-run health care for over 300 million people?
While Wasserman Schultz’s congressional campaign website is up and running, the latest news entry is from March 1, 2012- more than a month ago. Considering that Wasserman Schultz has been feverishly campaigning across the country for the President and the Democratic Party, it’s not a stretch to think that she’s in the process of making her exit from Congress.
Rumors have been circulating that Democrat State Senator Nan Rich would replace Wasserman Schultz were she to step down from Congress. Another name that has been tossed around as a potential successor to Wasserman Schultz is Rich’s daughter Laurie Rich Levinson.
According to the Florida Supervisor of Elections, the date Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is required to qualify by is June 8th. If she does not qualify by petition or pay to get on the ballot by then, she will not be eligible to run for reelection. If you go to the Florida Supervisor of Elections website, you will see that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s name isn’t even listed as a candidate or incumbent. As you scroll up or down the listings of congressional districts, note that all of the other members of Congress running for reelection, are listed as ‘Incumbents,’ except for Wasserman Schultz, who is not listed as either an incumbent or a candidate.
All of the Republicans candidates running to defeat Wasserman Schultz are listed except for Gineen Bresso and Juan Eliel Garcia, who have both recently announced their candidacies. Of all these candidates, including Bresso and Garcia, Karen Harrington is the only Republican that has qualified to be on the ballot for the August primary, and for the November general elections.
Is Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz setting the table for an early exit from Congress? Debbie will no doubt be getting detailed internal polling in the coming weeks that gives her a pretty good idea as to what Obama’s chances are- it’s not likely that she’ll tether her political fate to his if she sees that Obama is likely to go down in November.