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Wasserman Schultz Won’t Stop Blaming Tea Party for Arizona Shooting

The most recent Newsweek has a profile of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The piece notes that she assumes a more combative posture than one might expect a national committee chairman to. In particular, her mild-mannered Midwestern Republican counterpart, Reince Priebus, has called for her to apologize for remarks about last year’s shooting in Tucson, but she refuses to:

A few weeks ago, in talking about the day a crazed gunman shot Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head, Wasserman Schultz pivoted to how “the discourse in America” had taken “a very precipitous turn towards edginess and a lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement.” Republican national chairman Reince Priebus demanded that she apologize for her “reckless comments blaming the Tea Party for the horrific Tucson shooting.”

Wasserman Schultz makes no apologies. Nibbling a sandwich in her House office, she says: “I make strongly worded statements so people pay attention a little to what I’m saying.”

Patrick BrennanPatrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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