CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman and congresswoman from Florida, was at ease this morning among a group of Democrats from deep-blue California.
“Let me just tell you how much I appreciate the oasis of Democratic politics that California is,” she said at a delegation breakfast on the final day of the Democratic National Convention. “I know that you all feel like you live in heaven.”
A man in the audience yelled, “We do!” and Wasserman Schultz said, “Understandably so.”
California is so heavily Democratic that President Barack Obama is almost certain to carry the state, but several congressional seats are in play. Wasserman Schultz encouraged the California Democrats “to work harder than you ever have before” to win those elections.
Does this sound like “heaven” to you?
A report by the State Budget Solutions Project of the Sunshine Review, a state and local government watchdog group, shows that total state debt in California is more than $617 billion — more than any other state in the union.
California’s state debt is more than twice that of New York’s — at about $300 billion — and has increased from SBP’s 2011 debt report. California had $612 billion in debt last year.
The state of California also has more debt than the financially troubled nation Greece, which has more than $423 billion in public debt, according to the Economist.