Next on CLBR – DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Joins CLBR To Discuss Her New Book

In conjunction with the Miami Book Fair, we will be speaking with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz about her new book “For the Next Generation: A Wake-up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems.”  The 47-year old Wasserman is a dynamo, elected to the Florida legislature at the age of 26 and then to Congress at 42, she has risen to become the Chief Deputy Democratic Whip in the House and Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.  She was named by Washingtonian as one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington.

The Congresswoman, a breast cancer survivor and mother of three, urges her colleagues to adopt a parent’s perspective and move past rancorous partisanship and focus on making a difference for our children.  In a recent Huffington Post column she explained:

I chose the title For the Next Generation because I recognized that if we punt every major challenge, from economic policy to education to immigration, then it will wind up hurting our kids the most. And I’ve seen firsthand that most people in the country hate it when Congress acts this way, as they should.

We cannot afford to be more interested in winning the politics of today than ensuring a stable and secure tomorrow

She adds:

We could use a few more mothers in positions of power! I truly believe that the way we should measure our success as a nation is by how well our children are doing. Using that standard, we have a lot of work to do. I hope For the Next Generation is a catalyst to putting us on a pathway towards working together and breaking the vicious cycle of gridlock on which we seem to be stuck

Her appearance comes on the anniversary of both Bill Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s reelection.  In fact, I was working the polls in her district during early voting and Election Day last year.  See No Turning ‘Round, Late Night Voting in Florida