By Russell Berman - 08/25/13 05:58 PM EDT
The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), declined to weigh in on the New York mayoral campaign of her former colleague, Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Weiner is struggling in his comeback bid after more examples of lewd texting emerged. He trails in the polls in a crowded Democratic primary.
“Anthony Weiner is a candidate. He’s not an elected official,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on C-Span’s “Newsmakers.” “He’s not holding public office, and as I’ve said before, I think that primary will play out on its own, and it appears that the voters are going to take care of that.”
Wasserman Schultz was one of several Democratic leaders who called on Weiner to resign from Congress in 2011 when the sexting scandal first erupted.
“It’s not relevant for us to weigh in,” she added. “We can’t be weighing in on every single race in the country.”
Wasserman Schultz repeated her condemnation of Filner, who will resign on Aug. 30, but she rejected Republican claims that the scandals involving Democrats would harm the party’s advantage with women voters. She pointed to the 18-point gender gap between President Obama and Mitt Romney (R) from exit polls of the November election.
“Women overwhelmingly support Democrats and President Obama’s agenda, because we’re right on the issues that matter to women, and they’re wrong,” Wasserman Schultz said.