Braddock Mayor and Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman has called on DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign from her post after she co-sponsored a bill that would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s forthcoming payday loan regulations.
“These predatory lenders often target low-income families and communities of color like Braddock, taking advantage of those who are economically unstable,” Fetterman said in an email to supporters.
“Republicans in Congress are fighting back with a bill to gut a new set of pending rules at the CFPB on the payday lending industry — and if you’re not shocked yet, wait for it: they’ve found a friend in Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who just signed on to co-sponsor the bill and is lobbying her Democratic colleagues to do the same,” he continued.
Finally, Fetterman called on his supporters to “Tell Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘You have abandoned the values of the Democratic Party and betrayed the most vulnerable members of society who depend on our party to fight for them. I urge you to resign from your position as DNC Chair immediately.’”
This is not the first time the DNC chair has faced criticism this election cycle. Earlier this year, she had to face calls from Democrats saying that the presidential debate schedule was favoring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. She now has to deal with more criticism from Fetterman, himself a Sanders supporter.
Fetterman is running against former Chief of Staff to Gov. Wolf Katie McGinty and former Congressman Joe Sestak in the Senate Democratic primary. The contest will be held on April 26th.