Obama wants Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as DNC chair


Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Lynne Sladky / AP)

President Obama will ask the Democratic National Committee to reappoint Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as chairwoman, according to a senior Democratic official.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to stay in her post effectively froze Democratic leadership, giving Wasserman Schultz and other would-be leaders from a younger generation no chance to move up. 

There were reportedly tensions between the Obama campaign and Wasserman Schultz over messaging during the campaign. But a senior Democratic official told Politico that the congresswoman did an "outstanding job," helping the party keep the presidency and the Senate while picking up seats in the House. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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