Alcee Hastings Draws GOP Foe; Debbie Wasserman Schultz Loses One

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 17, 2012 3:55 AM
Alcee Hastings and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fort Lauderdale | Credit: cliff1066 - Gage Skidmore - Flickr

After an initial foray into the 23rd Congressional District, Republican Joe Goldner says he is running against Rep. Alcee Hastings in neighboring CD 20.

"I'm staying in 20, no matter what. It's on my petition," said Goldner, who was originally ticketed for a five-way GOP contest to face Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fort Lauderdale.

Goldner said he has gathered the necessary petitions to face Hastings, D-Miramar. "I'm all alone in CD 20," he said.

Also Monday, Ozzie deFaria knocked down speculation that he might shift to the 21st Congressional District to take on Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, where Republican Anna Trujillo is gathering qualifying petitions.

"I intend to run where I live, which is the 23rd District," deFaria said. "This will be Debbie Wasserman Schultz's first serious challenge."

DeFaria's campaign reported Monday it collected $181,000 in first-quarter contributions and had more than $200,000 cash-on-hand.  

Listing 1,700 individual donors from 48 states, deFaria said his campaign had nearly six times as many individual donors as it did at the end of the fourth quarter -- and more in total receipts than Wasserman Schultz's general election opponents in 2008 and 2010 combined.  

Karen Harrington, who faced Wasserman Schultz in 2010, is in the race again this year, along with Gineen Bresso and Joe Kaufman. Like Harrington, Kaufman says he's in it to win it.

"With me in the general election, we have an opportunity to take this seat and place into Congress someone who has been a voice for energy independence and someone who knows how to deal with the internal and external threats America and her allies face," said Kaufman, founder of Americans Against Hate.

Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 801-5341.

Comments (2)

1:18PM AUG 1ST 2012
Ozzie Defaria has a massive ego, seems to be an elitist and has a very nasty temper. Couple that with starting a debate that Harrington was not at by encouraging people in the crowd to boo at Karen's absence in front of a GOP unity sign. After calling out someone who challenged his claim of adding 800 million dollars to the economy by stating" lets have a respectful debate" never proving his wild statements and then tried to intimidate that woman (me) with dirty looks for the rest of the evening. He shows no respect..can't tell the truth,does not admit his mistakes slams Karen with inaccurate info. Says he does not know what his smear campain web site says when called on it. We need PATRIOTS in DC not rich men who can buy their way in. Check him out....snake in the grass . He maked DWS look good. Karen is the only choice! He also posted a fake mug shot online, to make the guy who exposed his CRIMINAL RECORD look bad.
Donna Gabriel
2:59AM APR 18TH 2012
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