Update to this story.
(Politico 44) — The staffer for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who posted the controversial ‘Jewbag’ photo on her Facebook page in 2006 is no anonymous aide — but the daughter of Mark and Nancy Gilbert, two major Florida donors who have raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign.
Danielle “Dani” Gilbert, according to party sources, was tapped by Wasserman Schultz to serve as a liaison to the Jewish community, even though party officials and people close to Obama told her that more senior Democrats were already handling those responsibilities.
Wasserman Schultz has thus far refused to fire or discipline Gilbert, whose gallery of candid photos and personal commentary has since been removed from her public Facebook page, according to Democrats.
The kerfuffle poses a significant tsuris for Wasserman Schultz, who is close to the Gilberts, a fundraising force in Florida.
And it creates an unneeded headache for Obama’s Chicago-based campaign, which has gone out of its way to assure Jewish contributors and voters that they are sufficiently supportive of Israel.
In 2009, Obama referred to Mark, an investor and philanthropist, and Nancy, who operates tours in the Holy Land, as ‘friends.’