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"Jewbags" flap exposes rift in Barack Obama-Debbie Wasserman Schultz World

BuzzFeed:

Underlying the story of a Democratic National Committee Jewish liaison in hot water for an over-the-top Facebook joke about Jews and money is a growing tension between the Obama re-elect and the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The liaison, Dani Gilbert, was hired after months of heated objections from top Obama campaign officials in Chicago and from Wasseran Schultz's own staff at the Democratic National Committee, three well-placed Democratic sources told BuzzFeed. The campaign already has a more senior a full-time Jewish liaison, Ira Forman, who had been the longtime executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Coalition. And Wasserman Schultz's staff was concerned about bringing in Gilbert, a staffer in Wasserman Schultz's personal office who is the daughter of a Boca Raton wealth manager, Mark Gilbert, who is a top-tier bundler for Obama, and a major donor to the president, the Democratic Party, and to Wasserman Schultz's own campaigns.

The staffers in Washington and Chicago, the sources said, viewed Wasserman Schultz's insistence, over a period of months, on the hire as a matter of the chairwoman putting her own politics and fundraising ahead of the interests of the re-election campaign on one of the most delicate areas of politics and policy, Obama's relationship with the Jewish community. They also worried that the daughter of a powerful donor could be a difficult fit in what was theoretically a junior role.

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Kendall Voter

I could only imagine the outrage from Lil' Debbie if this would have been a staffer in the RNC office. She would have called for her head! This woman is singlehandedly destroying the Democratic party. Wake up Mr. president! She needs to GO!

Bob Hartmann

This image is reminiscent of the Romney-Bain greed shot. It reflects poorly on Ms Gilber, Rep W-S and the president.

It too bad she doesn't have the maturity, sensibility or savvy to realize Facebook pages reflect directly on their owner and these days are the first place report go to get background.

This person does not belong in a public facing political role regardless of her daddy is.

Aanya

I hear you Villager, I do. I guess it's just the cold cynic in me. Folks like Rush make it hard for me to believe in the soppused essential goodness of humanity as a whole, or in the belief that all people are inherently good. I just have a very hard time believing there has ever been anything worthwhile about Rush. The man is trash, and that's all I've ever come to expect from him.

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