Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office offered to officialy change her position on medical cannabis and endorse an initiative to legalize the medicine in Florida if a major donor and former Obama fundraiser recanted his criticism of her, according to emails obtained by POLITICO.
“The proposal to Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan was straightforward: retract critical statements he made to a reporter in return for Wasserman Schultz publicly backing his cannabis initiative that she had trashed just months earlier” says POLITICO’s Marc Caputo. “Morgan declined the offer with a sharp email reply sent to a go-between, who described the congresswoman as being in a “tizzy.”
Morgan responded to Schultz by saying; “No.. She is a bully. I beat bullies up for a living.”
Morgan said he forwarded the email chain to POLITICO on Thursday to show how “thin-skinned” and “transactional” Wasserman Schultz’s political team is.
John Morgan is the founder of United for Care, which ran a medical cannabis legalization initiative last year in Florida that garnered 58% of the voter, but failed to become law as it required 60%, given that it would have changed the state’s constitution.
“Almost 58 percent of Florida voters supported medical marijuana and I’d be surprised if that many support her,” says Bill Piper, national affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance. “That should be a lesson for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Florida voters like this policy more than her. And we’ll make sure people know her position.”
It’s expected that Schultz will run for U.S. Senate if Senator Marco Rubio decides to leave the office to run for president.