Target: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairwoman, Democratic National Committee
Goal: Call for the resignation of DNC leadership over clear attempt to sabotage a presidential campaign.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has threatened democracy at its core by showing favoritism for a particular candidate. Though the DNC’s distaste for Bernie Sanders and support for Hillary Clinton has been hinted at several times over the past year, the most recent actions of the committee have solidified the prejudice in many voters’ minds.
When a contractor glitch caused a firewall between campaign databases to fail, a Sanders campaign staffer used the opportunity to access classified Clinton information. It is still unsure whether fault lies with the staffer or the contractor responsible for the glitch; but regardless, the staffer was swiftly fired by the Sanders campaign. Despite instant remedial action, however, chairwoman of the DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz used the infraction as justification to ban the Sanders campaign completely from accessing Democratic voter information data.
Voter data is crucial to a presidential campaign and a lack of access to it has been called a political “death sentence” by experts in the field. Prominent Democrats such as political economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, as well as President Obama’s former top political advisor, David Axelrod, criticized the decision as being overly harsh and reactionary. One of the DNC’s own vice chairmen, R. T. Rybak, warned the DNC against alienating Sanders and his supporters.
The DNC has also been heavily criticized for limiting the Democratic debates in order to decrease exposure of the other candidates. Another of Clinton’s rivals, Martin O’Malley, has complained repeatedly about the small number and poor timing of the debates. Former Senator Jim Webb, who dropped out of the Democratic primary earlier this year, called the DNC “nothing more than an arm of the Clinton campaign.”
After enormous public outcry from hundreds of thousands of Democrats, and the threat of a lawsuit from Sanders himself, the DNC finally reinstated the Sanders campaign’s right to access vital voter data. However, significant damage to Sanders’ campaign has already been done. It’s clear to voters that DNC leadership is not acting in the best interest of a fair election. Sign the petition below to demand the immediate resignation of Chairwoman Schultz, and that the DNC stop trying to sabotage the democratic process.
Dear Chairwoman Schultz,
I am shocked and appalled by the DNC’s treatment of the Sanders campaign in the recent firewall breach scandal. Although the Sanders staffer in question may have acted dishonestly, the campaign took immediate remedial action and fired the individual. Despite this, the DNC apparently felt it was necessary to bestow a “political death sentence” on the Sanders campaign by removing its access to crucial voter data.
This extreme penalty was not only a serious overreaction; it goes against the very principal of the democratic process. With no further investigation, the DNC acted swiftly to exact the heaviest punishment on the Sanders campaign imaginable, permanently damaging fundraising operations and Sanders’ public image. It’s clear to me and other voters that your actions were not in the best interest of the party and the people who represent it, but in the interest of your agenda to support Hillary Clinton.
In this crucial time before the 2016 election, we must ensure party leadership is working in the interest of the people it stands for, not a particular candidate. Please heed the request of thousands of Democrats and step down from your position as chairwoman of the DNC.
[Your Name Here]
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