By Elena Schneider –
Suddenly, Tim Canova is the most famous primary challenger in America.
With Bernie Sanders’ unexpected endorsement on national television, Canova, a lawyer from Hollywood, Fla., got a dramatic boost for his liberal challenge to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In three days since Sanders endorsed him, Canova’s phone has been ringing off the hook, he’s been all over the national news, and his campaign is suddenly grabbing the attention of national Democrats.
Canova’s sudden fame offers a new measure of the grassroots power of the Sanders coalition, testing whether a Sanders endorsement of a progressive challenger against a major establishment figure can make a difference not just in a local congressional race, but one where that establishment figure is an entrenched incumbent who has never before drawn a primary challenger.