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Wasserman Schultz to write policy book

JTA

February 1, 2011 | 3:32 pm

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is writing a policy book.

The Florida Democrat’s book will cover a “wide swath of contemporary topics including education, health and safety, the environment, national security and innovation and technology, and will lay out an urgent challenge to our nation so we can secure our children’s future,” according to a release Monday from her publisher, St. Martin’s Press.

Such books usually signal a bid for higher office.

Wasserman Schultz, elected in 2004, scored a dramatic rise in the Congress, earning a place on the sought-after Appropriations Committee upon her election and then rising to deputy whip.

Democratic losses in the 2010 election probably cost her those perks. Democrats have yet to announce who will make Appropriations, but it has been widely reported that Wasserman Schultz has not made the cut.

Wasserman Schultz has taken a leading role in outreach to the Jewish community, and in her first term initiated legislation that established May as Jewish Heritage Month.

A tough partisan, she has led attacks on Republicans for not backing health care reform. But Wasserman Schultz also cuts a sympathetic figure as a young mother and breast cancer survivor.

She is close to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Jewish congresswoman who is recovering from an assassination attempt last month.

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