Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is fundraising to help defeat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the embattled former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman.
Sanders, a former presidential contender, on Tuesday emailed his supporters to ask them to donate to Tim Canova, the law professor who is working to unseat Wasserman Schultz in an Aug. 30 primary.
In the email, Sanders hammered Wasserman Schultz over leaked DNC emails that showed officials plotting to undermine his campaign against Hillary Clinton, who is now the party’s nominee. The fallout from the email leak led to the resignation of Wasserman Schultz and other top figures.
“The recent emails leaked from Democratic Party staff showed that under Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC staff were not exactly fair and even-minded during the presidential primary,” Sanders wrote.
“Electing Tim will send a strong message to the Democratic establishment about what this party should stand for.”
Sanders highlighted a poll that found Canova just 8 points behind Wasserman Schultz.
“Much like in our campaign for president, Tim started off as a major underdog in this race, battling a well-known and well-established person who was the chairwoman of the Democratic Party,” he said.
Sanders previously endorsed Canova, and his fundraising help has contributed in part to Canova’s strong haul.
Since ending his presidential campaign in July, Sanders has focused on building a new political group called Our Revolution, which will launch later this month.
The group will carry Sanders’s messages of bringing more people into the Democratic Party, encouraging progressives to run for office and educating voters on progressive issues.