Howard Dean-Backed Group Endorses Wasserman Schultz’s Primary Opponent

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. [crscore]Debbie Wasserman Schultz[/crscore] continues to feel pressure from the left as progressive group Democracy for America endorsed her primary opponent Tim Canova on Friday.

“DFA members are backing Tim Canova in this race for Congress, not for who he supports or who supports him, but because he has spent his life challenging the power of Wall Street banks, multinational corporations, and the systemic political corruption that keeps them profitable at the expense of everyone else,” Democracy for America chair Jim Dean wrote in a statement.

DFA has more than a million members nationwide and was founded by former DNC chair Howard Dean. The group has spent more than $36 million since 2004 electing candidates it supports and has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. Sanders has also endorsed Canova.

“From her vote in support of fast track authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership to her unabashed protection of a payday lending industry that makes billions off the back struggling working families, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has aligned herself with the wealthy interests who are making income inequality worse in our country,” Dean continued.

He added, “if Democrats are going to be the party that confronts the wealthy and powerful who dominate our political process and enable growing income inequality, we need political revolutionaries like Tim Canova in the U.S. Congress.”

Canova said he is close to raising to $1 million in May following Sanders’ endorsement. (RELATED: Sanders Is Getting Involved In Congressional Races And Democrats Are Running Scared)

“This district deserves a nominee who will stand with working Americans, not wealthy elites. I’m glad to have them on board as we continue to build a grassroots campaign that believes in progress for all,” Canova said in a statement following the Sanders endorsement.

Canova will face Wasserman Schultz in the primary on Aug. 30.