It’s no surprise that people who worked on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign dislike former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Earlier this year, Sanders himself said that he wouldn’t hesitate to replace Wasserman Schultz if he were elected after perceived DNC bias against him. And then this bias was confirmed after leaked DNC emails showed staffers disparaging Sanders and his campaign. Unluckily for Schultz, two key Sanders strategists are now working on the campaign of the Florida congresswoman’s primary challenger.
According to The Hill, the communications firm Devine, Mulvey and Longabaugh is taking on Schultz primary opponent Tim Canova’s campaign. Here’s more information about the firm:
The firm, run by Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh, worked primarily on advertising for the Sanders’s campaign, but they also advised Sanders throughout his Democratic primary run. The firm also did work for other progressive primary challengers this cycle, including Ohio Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld and Illinois Senate candidate Andrea Zopp.
These consultants are following the lead of Sanders, who has already endorsed Canova and won him $2 million in fundraising. On the one hand, this focus on Schultz and her opposition might seem petty. After all, she resigned from her DNC post after the email controversy. At the same time, beyond a personal vendetta, Sanders doesn’t seem to see Schultz as progressive. He says that Canova’s views are closer to his than hers are. It’s not clear if Sanders had anything to do with his consultants singing onto the Canova campaign, but this is a smart way to support progressive candidates after Sanders has lost his presidential bid.
(via The Hill)