DNC Boss Wasserman Schultz Won't Speak at Muslim Group's Fundraiser, After All

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be keeping a speaking engagement at a controversial Muslim organization next month.

The Fort Lauderdale Democrat reportedly was scheduled to keynote a fundraising banquet of EMERGE USA on April 21. The group is headed by South Florida attorney Khurrum Wahid, who has a history of associating with organizations linked to al-Qaida and Hamas.

"There was a miscommunication, she is not speaking to the organization. We never agreed to do a fundraiser, nor this event," Wasserman Schultz spokesman Jonathan Beeton told Sunshine State News. He did not offer an explanation.

Joe Kaufman, a Republican candidate for Wasserman Schultz's seat, said, "I'm happy she decided to cancel, but she shouldn't have accepted in the first place.

"This is more evidence of her not truly being what she appears to be in public. She cultivates a persona as a wonderful pro-Israel character and plays up her Jewishness, but then she gets involved with an organization that targets Jews and Christians," Kaufman said of the hyper-partisan congresswoman who also chairs the Democratic National Committee.

"That's anti-Jewish and anti-American," Kaufman asserted.

Though EMERGE USA generally soft-pedals its Muslim leanings, its homepage displays a picture of head-scarfed women conducting a voter registration drive in Florida.

In addition to Kaufman, five other Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination in the 23rd Congressional District. They are Gineen Bresso, Ozzie DeFaria, Juan Eliel Garcia, Joe Goldner and Karen Harrington.

See earlier story here.

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Comments (12)

Barbara Dobbin
5:15PM AUG 16TH 2012
It is good that Debbie Wassrman Schultz changed her mind, but she can't waffle on whether she accepted the invitation in the first place. Joe Kaufman should be commended for informing the public about Debbie's plans.

Barbara D.
2:03AM MAR 18TH 2012
Based on Joe Kaufman for Congress information this organization was kept from raising big money for its radical activity. She must go. Debbie Wasserman Schultz must go. Welcome Joe Kaufman
8:12PM MAR 5TH 2012
Looks like Wasserman Schultz smartened up. Good choice. Islam has no place in the West.
1:17PM APR 16TH 2012
Fundamentalists of all religions who seek to impose their beliefs on others through force or law have no place in the developed world of democratic nations.

Moderates of all religions (as well as agnostics and unbelievers) who can live by their own beliefs while respecting those of others are acceptable and ought to be encouraged.

Fundamentalists, whether Christian, Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim, do not deserve the benefits of modern society.

Unfortunately, it seems the commenters here are anti-Muslim bigots whose ill-informed views merit no consideration.
John Kozyak
10:25AM MAR 2ND 2012
Khurrum Wahid is a lawyer who has represented some defendants, but that does not mean he has ties to al-Quida. He is a leader in the bar and has worked tirelessly to promote relations between Muslim and other groups. How in the world can a home page with women wearing head scarves trying to register voters be associated with terrorism? I am sad that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz canceled and sad that so many misinformed people pressured her to do so.
Mike Smith
5:25AM MAR 2ND 2012
Yes she did change her mind, but it was Joe Goldner that really lead the charge. Kaufman posted an article but it was Goldner who went on radio shows and blog this. It was Goldner that had personally went after her supporters on this and told what Debbie was doing and it was Goldner and his team that created enough publicity and heat that DWS was forced to change her mind. We need to stop adding to Kaufmans ego and start focusing on the onely candidate that has been in the district and talking to the actual constituents of district 20, you know the voters and not the special interest groups. They are the ones who will make the difference in defeating DWS or not. Goldner has got it right while all the rest are doing the same old way that will end up losing the race once again to Debbie!
John Thomas
1:38AM MAR 2ND 2012
Is "controversial Muslim organization" New-Speak for "Terrorist supporting islamists"
11:37PM MAR 1ST 2012
what a joke of an article. you should be sued for defamation. Emerge has "history of associating with organizations linked to Al-Qaida and Hamas". That's the most ridiculous thing i ever heard!! Its a Muslim group, that is the problem you have with them; that's all. And Joe Kaufman is the biggest joke of South Florida - the #1 clown in the area as shown on the daily show.
John Thomas
1:40AM MAR 2ND 2012
Ooooh, an angry Muzzie you are. "Defamation", ROFL!
1:12PM APR 16TH 2012
ooooh, a bigoted white supremacist you are, using insulting terms to try an denigrate people of another faith. Silence would have been a better option if you wanted to keep your lack of brains a secret.
Jim B.
5:08PM MAR 1ST 2012
This woman is racist! Just because they did not have a burka big enough to fit her fat head is no excuse. Get out there and speak Debbie and you can take your lashes speaking out later.
Idiots All Around Me
5:03PM MAR 1ST 2012
She is a socialist democrat -- that speaking engagement should have been right up her alley; with all the other bs she spouts everywhere, these are her beliefs. Can't believe she is still in office.

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