Ozzie DeFaria announced his campaigned raised $210,000 in its bid to beat Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out of Touch). The political newcomer from Weston entered the CD 20 race late last year.

Here is the official announcement:

“Ozzie deFaria Reports Over $210,000
in 4th Quarter 2011

Weston, FL – Ozzie deFaria, 20th District Florida Congressional Candidate, today announced that his campaign will report over $210,000 in 4th Quarter 2011 receipts.

Mr. deFaria entered the race in October 2011. The 4th Quarter is the deFaria campaign’s first reporting period. Mr. deFaria, a virtual unknown in political circles before entering the race, is the only credible candidate with the resources necessary to defeat Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Mr. deFaria is aggressively campaigning against Wasserman Schultz and is appealing to conservatives Nationwide. He recently appeared on the Fox Business Network and at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, and his campaign was written about in National Review. He donated $60,000 to his campaign and made an additional loan of $100,000 to build the necessary national fundraising infrastructure required to challenge the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“As a political outsider and first generation citizen who has lived the American dream without one government handout, I’m proud that I can commit the resources necessary to run a competitive campaign against Obama’s biggest attack dog, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” said Mr. deFaria.

He continued, “I worked my way through college and then started a successful career in business. I will aggressively challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s dismal record on the economy. She should spend less time promoting Obama’s failed policies and more time trying to bring jobs to our community.”

Ozzie deFaria climbed the ranks at AT&T to become an executive managing a $1.5 billion portfolio. He left AT&T to serve as the CEO and COO of other firms. Throughout his career, Ozzie helped create over 2,000 private sector jobs and added $800 million to the economy.”