President Obama’s Chicago team is not thrilled with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to a new ebook from Politico’s Glenn Thrush.
Thrush writes that the Florida House member “grated on Chicago” from the start and Obama aides thought she “struck too harsh a partisan tone” on Sunday shows. The campaign stopped scheduling her for so many TV appearances, and when she asked why, Obama staffers showed her a focus group study on Obama surrogates’ effectiveness. She ranked last.
* Obama asked a friend of Sen. Marco Rubio in February if the Florida senator was going to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee and added, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”
* Vice President Biden had advised Obama to tread delicately on the issue of gay marriage, not long before going public with his own support.
* Top campaign aides David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter got into a weeks-long fight over a morning show appearance.