Broward Republicans Pounce On Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Israeli Ambassador Lie

Out Of Touch

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out of Touch) was caught in a gigantic “fib” over a reported conversation with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. The Washington Examiner reported a speech where DWS claimed Oren said Republicans were undermining Israeli security. Ambassador Oren denied ever saying that to the DNC chairwoman. Debbie said the conservative website was the liar liar pants on fire. The Examiner produced audio of DWS making those remarks. Debbie said the whole world was lying!

Now, local Republicans are using the latest Debbie Wasserman Schultz public relations fiasco to push for support for Karen Harrington, her Republican opponent in the CD 23 race. Here’s the damning (and very detailed) email from Broward Republican chairman Richard DeNapoli:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she was misquoted and “didn’t say” that the Israeli ambassador said “what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
..but she DID say that!
and She Earned a “Pants on Fire” from PolitiFact for her Lie!
Find out the whole story &
read excerpts and video from the Miami Herald/PolitiFact below:
Excerpts from the Miami Herald/PolitiFact: Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz found herself on the defensive about comments she made to Jewish supporters on the eve of her party’s convention in Charlotte, N.C. The topic: comments she said were made by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren about Republicans and Israel. …
The debate about what the South Florida congresswoman said began Monday, after Michael Barone at the conservative Washington Examiner wrote about her comments in front of a group of Jewish Democrats.  Here is the exact quote from the Examiner, including a typo and an incomplete phrase in quotes at the end:
“National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke ans was warmly received as she extolled Obamacare (Democrats are using the term) and said she has heard Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren say, in her words, ‘what the Republicans is dangerous for Israel.'” …
On Tuesday afternoon, the ambassador reacted to the Examiner report. “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel,” the statement from Oren read. “Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.” …
Wasserman Schultz then went on Fox News Tuesday evening. Fox News repeated her quote about Oren and she responded:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacks Washington Examiner report
Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacks Washington Examiner report

[Transcript of the video above] “I didn’t say he said that,” she said. “And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper. It’s not surprising that they would deliberately misquote me. …” …

After Wasserman Schultz denied that she made the statement, the Examiner posted about a one-minute audio clip of her speaking at the event [in question].
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Israeli ambassador called GOP
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Israeli ambassador called GOP “dangerous for Israel”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz [Transcript from the Audio Clip Above]: “We want you to be armed with the facts. So we are going to give you those facts. We have a one-page document that succinctly describes President Obama’s stellar record on Israel. We have a six-page document as well, because we’re Jews and one page really isn’t enough,” she said which drew laughter from her audience. “And we have a myths versus facts document, which addresses a lot of the typical baloney that is spewed by Republicans. Let me just close by telling you this and sharing this with you. We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel. They are undermining Israel’s security by suggesting that the United States and Israel don’t have anything other than a unique and close and special relationship. It undermines Israel’s security to its neighbors in the Arab world and to its enemies. And we need to make sure that the fact that there has never been and will never be daylight between the two parties or the support for Israel that we have in the United States, that that is conveyed to Jewish Americans across this country, that’s our responsibility, and it’s the responsibility we’re asking all of you to take on….” ….
[The PolitiFact ruling]

The Examiner wrote that Wasserman Schultz said: “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.” …
She said she didn’t make the remark, but the audio clearly shows her making it. …
Her comments about Oren gave the impression that he singled out Republicans for criticism, not that he was commenting on the dangers of politicizing the issue of Israel.

But she did make the remark she said she didn’t make, and we rate her claim Pants on Fire.”

This is yet another reason why South Florida needs to send Republican Karen Harrington to Congress to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz!
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Published by Tom Lauder

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  1. We can defeat DWS in November. The events of this past week with GOD and Israel being left out of the platform and then put back in over the objections of the democrats, plus the lies and actions of both Obama and Debbie Wasserman Schultz should make it very possible to defeat DWS. We have one problem, we have a candidate that may not take advantage of this opportunity. We have a candidate that lost last time because of her mistakes. I wonder if she had learned her lesson or will she do it again and allow DWS slip through again. We can defeat DWS and also help Romney defeat Obama. Karen if you screw this, I will make sure that you will never, ever run for any office again, and I will not be alone in this. It is time for Karen Harrington to put up or shut up.


    1. Would you be so kind as to share with us what “mistakes” Karen made last time, besides running against an incumbent in a heavily Dem district with ZERO support from the BREC? I’m sure Karen wouldn’t want to repeat them for fear of incurring the wrath of a political mover and shaker the like of you.

      Now isn’t it about time for you to get in front of your computer, drop trou, and record your pretend radio show?


      1. How about promoting her restaurant while campaigning and using her wings as part of her commercial for example. How about not going into jewish and senior communities the last couple of weeks of the 2010 campaign. How about turning down help from Rick Scott. How about the fight between supporters and Karen at the Sunrise Tea Party rally on the Sunday before 2010 election. These are just for starters.
        This race is Karen’s to win, DWS is handing it to her. With all the mistakes and lies she has done the past few months.Plus the fact that DWS threw her constituents under the bus with her support of Obamas policies.
        DWS approval rating is around 15% so Karen if she puts it all together can defeat DWS.


      2. Lanny, Funny how you talk about a candidate running for Federal office supposedly receiving no support from the LOCAL party. Guess you’ve never heard of the RNC – which is responsible for FEDERAL races.


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