The Democratic establishment notched a victory in Florida's 23rd Congressional District on Tuesday, as incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz soundly defeated progressive challenger Tim Canova. - From Common Dreams (press release)
But "[e]ven in the face of a loss," the Sun Sentinel reported, "Canova told supporters...that he saw a victory for the cause of reclaiming democracy from 'the corporate oligarchy'." Backing from Bernie Sanders and his grassroots supporters afforded Canova, an unknown law professor, both momentum and an unusually large war-chest; his campaign raised more than $3 million from small donors and forced Wasserman Schultz to fight for her seat for the first time in 24 years.
That in itself was a victory, said Rob Davis, coordinator for the Florida chapter of the grassroots anti-corruption group Mayday.US.
"Despite falling short, the very fact that this race was competitive and forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to defend her record and campaign for the first time during a primary sent a powerful message to the corrupt political establishment and put others on notice, you can't back big money over the people and not face consequences on Election Day," Davis said.
"A number of staffers who resigned from Our Revolution in protest over how it has been run say the organization's 501(c)(4) status made it impossible to coordinate strategy with the Canova campaign, leaving the campaign worse off as a result," Foran reported.
"At least some departing staffers believe the organization should be set up under a different legal structure so that it can coordinate with candidates it endorses in the future and do more to help them win." Still, as Canova told reporters at Kasa Champet, a Haitian restaurant in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, "Life knocks us on our ass a lot of times.