In ‘Jewbag’ Flap, Wasserman Schultz Stands by Aide
The head of the Democratic National Committee, Broward Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is sticking by a Jewish-outreach aide who was embarrassed last week by an old Facebook posting where she joked about “Jewbags.”
The aide, Danielle “Dani” Gilbert quickly apologized for the six-year-old anti-Semitic slur. But by then, the Facebook posting had gone viral.
Also, Democratic sources started leaking stories that her hiring at the DNC exposed a rift with President Obama’s campaign.
Wasserman Schultz on Monday said Gilbert should be forgiven. She said it also showed the perils of social media in today’s campaign world.
“She was 20 when she posted that picture,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I spoke to my own children and gave that unfortunate posting as an example of how, no matter what you think is funny among your friends, nothing on social media is private.”
Wasserman Schultz made the comments in response to a reporter’s questions after a Sunny Isles event where she bashed the Republican House budget for cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - a perennial line of attack for Democrats during an election year.
Wasserman Schultz also disputed anonymous sources who told the website BuzzFeed that Gilbert’s hiring for Jewish outreach at the DNC was made over the objections of top officials at the Obama campaign and the DNC, which already has a Jewish-outreach coordinator.
The sources fretted to BuzzFeed that Wasserman Schultz was putting her own personal politics and relationships ahead of the interests of the party when she hired Gilbert, the daughter of major Democratic donor Mark Gilbert of Boca Raton.
“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Wasserman Schultz said, criticizing “those famous anonymous sources that never have the nerve to actually say what they’re saying - make accusations on the record.”