Her supporters call her "a strong voice for ordinary people." Her opponents call her a "Chihuahua in high heels." Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn't care what people say. If she did, she never would have run for office back when she was in her twenties-when politicos said she should wait. At age 26, she became the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Florida state legislature. Now a Congresswoman representing Florida, Schultz, a 44-year-old New York native, is the third woman in history to be named head of the Democratic National Committee, charged with raising funds and campaigning for President Obama's re-election. A married mother of three, she's also a breast-cancer survivor, enduring seven surgeries in 2008-while powering through her workdays and keeping her illness a secret. We talked with Schultz while she was on the road in Florida, "barnstorming through the state," as she says, for President Obama.
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