There’s no love lost between Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the vaping industry, and her recent resignation over the WikiLeaks email scandal is being met with overwhelming joy by vapers around the nation. As the DNC Chair, Wasserman Shultz is no stranger to controversy. But when emails were leaked indicating that she showed preferential treatment to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries, even President Obama couldn’t save her job.
This is good news for the vaping industry. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is one of the most vocal opponents to the much-needed Cole-Bishop Amendment to the FDA e-cig regulations. This amendment would move forward the predicate date that threatens to eliminate the entire vaping industry in the United States within the next two years.
In early April 2016, the DNC Chair appeared on the CNN news show Anderson Copper 360 where she went on a public tirade about vaping and e-cigs. However, when she was questioned by the show’s host for scientific data supporting her outrageous claims, Wasserman Schultz admitted that she had none.
“It would seem to me that the only reason this industry exists, the only reason the e-cigarette industry exists, is that there are some that would like to hear and believe — although, we don’t have data to attach to that — they have been able to eliminate their addiction to cigarettes through this product…But the reality of this industry, the purpose of the development of this product, is to keep people addicted to nicotine and then to raise to bring up another generation of children who will be addicted to nicotine and will become addicted to nicotine in a much more benign way because of how these products are marketed.”
WikiLeaks unveils the 'dark side' of Debbie Wasserman Schultz
On Friday, July 20, 2016, over 20,000 emails from the Florida Congresswoman hit the WikiLeaks website. The story was immediately picked up by mainstream media, and by Saturday afternoon Debbie Wasserman Schultz had officially submitted her resignation. Unfortunately, it will not take effect until after the Democratic National Convention, but for the vaping community, we can rest easy. The Cole-Bishop Amendment is the last thing on her mind at the moment.
In one of the more damaging emails by the controversial congresswoman, Wasserman Schultz questions the religious preference of Bernie Sanders, hoping to use it against him with her “peeps” during the primaries.
“Does he believe in God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
Bernie Sanders has gone on record for several months now accusing the DNC Chair and her minions of corrupt and biased practices. The WikiLeaks email scandal only validates those claims. After a reportedly brief interaction with President Obama on Saturday morning, Debbie Wasserman Schultz threw in the towel and agreed to resign in a cloud of controversy. And for that, the vaping industry is eternally grateful.