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Progressives Want Wasserman Schultz Ousted from Top Spot at DNC

A large liberal-activism group has started a petition calling on Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to resign.

“As DNC chair, you have repeatedly failed to act in the best interests of progressives and the Democratic Party. You have lost the trust of grassroots progressives and Democrats. Please resign immediately," states the CREDO Action petition.

Last month, National Nurses United -- which has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- protested outside Wasserman Schultz's Florida office and called for her to step down as DNC chair for the "blatant effort by the Democratic National Committee to rig the primary process."

Wasserman Schultz was campaign co-chair for Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008. The nurses' union protested the limited number of DNC debates, pressure from the DNC for Democratic officials and superdelegates to endorse Clinton early, the suspension of Sanders' campaign from a voter database, and the timing of DNC announcements of Clinton endorsements just after the Sanders camp announced its own.

The CREDO petition expresses anger with Wasserman Schultz over comments she recently made about abortion.

"Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided," she told New York Times Magazine.

"Young women, especially low income women and women of color, have been bearing the brunt of the right-wing’s relentless assault on abortion rights and have been leading the charge to fight back. Wasserman Schultz’s comment shows how out of touch she is with the progressive core values of the Democratic activist base, and is just the latest in a string of unacceptable actions that makes it clear it is time for her to resign as chair of the DNC," the CREDO petition states.

"Wasserman Schultz has used her platform for her personal political gain, sabotaged Democratic candidates, sided with warmongers, predatory lenders and anti-choice interests, attempted to tilt the playing field in the 2016 presidential nomination, and more."