Politics

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Focus Ignores GOP Foe Joe Kaufman

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 30, 2014 3:55 AM
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joe Kaufman

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joe Kaufman

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., continues her focus on the national political stage despite an aggressive Republican opponent waiting for her in November. 

Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) blew out Republican Karen Harrington in 2012, besting her 63 percent to 36 percent. That being the case, Wasserman Schultz has paid no attention to activist Joe Kaufman who won the Republican primary on Tuesday over Juan Garcia.

In recent days, Wasserman Schultz has been crossing the nation, helping Democrats as they ready for the 2014 elections. At the end of last week, Wasserman Schultz was at the Democratic Party’s summer meeting in Atlanta. Then she dashed to New Mexico and Colorado earlier this week as she looked to help U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a top Republican target as the GOP looks to flip the Senate in November.

Wasserman Schultz returned to Florida to take part in a unity tour for Democrats on Thursday, hitting the campaign trail for former Gov. Charlie Crist who is running against Gov. Rick Scott in November.

After Crist won the primary on Tuesday, Wasserman Schultz unloaded on Scott and praised her party’s nominee and his running mate, former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo.

“Over the course of this campaign, Charlie and Annette have embraced policies that will help Florida’s middle-class families, a stark contrast to the current governor, Republican Rick Scott, who is beholden to special interests and radical tea party ideology,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Charlie and Annette join Democratic candidates throughout Florida and across the country who are committed to expanding opportunity for all Americans. Republicans, especially those like Scott, have demonstrated that their priorities are instead focused on the select few. Come November, Florida voters will reject the failed policies of Rick Scott and welcome a new day for the Sunshine State.”

While Wasserman Schultz went after Scott and other Republicans this week -- including U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during an appearance on “PoliticKing with Larry King” on Ora.TV which aired Thursday night -- she has not mixed it up with Kaufman yet.

As for Kaufman, he has shown no hesitation in going after Wasserman Schultz.

“The voters of District 23 and this nation need a change,” Kaufman said in his victory speech on Tuesday night, offering thanks and praise for Garcia. “We have all become painfully aware of the empty promises of the left to provide a better future for this country which has resulted in failure on every front.”

Kaufman played up American exceptionalism in his victory address before taking aim at Wasserman Schultz.

“We must reject the ideology of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the left in general because it poisons the common sense of America with irrational thoughts,” Kaufman said. “I promise you I will get the job done and I will put America first.”

Despite his “America first” theme, Kaufman is no isolationist. unlike the “America First” movement of the late '30s and early '40s which looked to keep the United States out of World War II. Kaufman is a vocal supporter of Israel, a theme he is sure to play up in the weeks to come. Liberal organizations have accused Kaufman of being active against Muslims with his work through Americans Against Hate and the Terror-Free Oil Initiative (TFOI).

Kaufman added to his pitch on Friday, looking to rally Garcia supporters and other Republicans against Wasserman Schultz in November.

“For those who participated in the 2014 primary elections, I want to thank you for being a part of the political process,” Kaufman wrote in an email sent out by his campaign on Friday. “While I am thrilled with the win, the real victory lies two months ahead of us, when we give Debbie Wasserman Schultz her ‘pink slip’ and send her home. Whether you voted for me or not, it is time for us all to come together to make sure this becomes a reality.

“We have a great opportunity to defeat Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” Kaufman insisted. “Let’s roll up our sleeves and do it.”

Businesswoman Stephanie Anderson is also running for the seat with no party affiliation. National pundits have designated the seat as safe for the Democrats.



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Comments (3)

OrlandoChris
3:51PM AUG 30TH 2014
You would have to be absolutely nuts to vote for Scott or Crist. Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to
be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an
alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves
my vote. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is
willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here
in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned
and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your
face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we
complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round,
election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a
stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to
take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of
Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are
only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians.
Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of
the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours
and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the
face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do
what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for
Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the
word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very
powerful. Visit his website today....
The Swampfox
10:33AM AUG 30TH 2014
Debbie Wasserman Schultz touts Obama's leadership, however, one only needed to see PM Cameron response to ISIS and all radical terrorists and what Great Britain plans to do. That is real leadership not this mamby pamby crap that Obama regurgitated in his press conference 8-29-14 aka. "we don't have a strategy?" Who's side is he on. Wasserman Schultz should be expressing the same vocal support for Israel as Joe Kaufman is, how disrespectful to her heritage. I hardly consider that anti Muslim, instead it would be considered anti terrorist which all of us should be doing including the Muslim communities across the US unless....you are for the terrorists or a sympathizer for their cause! I believe the following: when it comes down to either the US or the Muslim faith a majority of Muslims would side with the terrorists which lends a tremendous amount of credence to Joe Kaufman's cause.

Are you listening to the facts that "THEIR INTENTION IS TO INFILTRATED US AND TAKE US DOWN FROM WITHIN?" The liberals and misinformed think this could never happen to the USA, but while they are off in some kind of bubble (can't we all just get along) it is happening right below our nose. When the full impact of their stupidity take form sadly it will be too late.

According to the stats Joe Kaufman has an up hill battle to unseat Wasserman Schultz. However, it is very possible if the 23rd. congressional district takes a hard look at the direction this administration has taken our country in the past 6 yrs. and asks themselves are we going to let this continue or are we going to make a change?
Tom Bryson
8:55AM AUG 30TH 2014
"We must reject the ideology of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the left in general because it poisons the common sense of America with irrational thoughts,”

Is Allen West writing his speeches for him?

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