New book reveals high-level doubts about Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as DNC chair

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“Many of Obama’s advisers have quietly begun questioning whether they should have picked [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz, an outspoken Florida congresswoman, as his DNC chairwoman,” Glenn Thrush writes in “Obama’s Last Stand,” an e-book that went live at midnight, published in collaboration between POLITICO and Random House. “She has clashed with Chicago over her choice of staff and air-time on national TV shows – and they think she comes across as too partisan over the airwaves. Obama’s brain trust secretly commissioned pollster David Binder to conduct an internal focus study of the popularity of top Obama campaign surrogates. Number one was former press secretary Robert Gibbs, followed by [Stephanie] Cutter. Traveling press secretary Jen Psaki, who was added to a second study, was third. Axelrod, Plouffe and current White House press secretary Jay Carney were bunched in the middle. Wasserman Schultz ranked at the bottom.”

Don’t miss these excerpts from Thrush’s book, based on two months of reporting and interviews with more than two dozen current and former members of Obama’s team.

Via POLITICO’s Morning Score.

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