Tim Canova wants you to know he didn’t just come out of nowhere to challenge the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for her House job.
The law professor says it has been years in the making, sparked by multiple phone calls to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz that weren’t returned.
But what makes this David and Goliath story noteworthy, more than the fact that Canova is the Florida congresswoman’s first primary challenger, is that he says he has raised more than $1 million since kicking off his campaign in January.
That total comes despite him being relatively unknown compared to the woman he is challenging.
“His name ID is higher among D.C. reporters than actual voters,” said Ashley Walker, a Florida Democratic strategist who worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. “My sense is he’s kind of come out of nowhere, not somebody who’s been involved in the community or party or this area.”