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Did Karen Harrington “Lie” About Reason For Skipping Debate?

On Thursday, Karen Harrington skipped yet another debate for Congressional District 23. Harrington claimed she would be busy at a conservative convention in Jacksonville, Florida. The final debate was moderated by Channel 10’s Michael Putney, the dean of south Florida political reporters.

Ozzie DeFaria, another Republican candidate vying for the opportunity to challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out Of Touch), issued a statement claiming Harrington was really attending a dinner at a nearby residence. An online schedule for the Red State Gathering shows Harrington was not scheduled to appear until 3:30pm Friday.

Here’s the DeFaria statement:


Lies to Voters About Why She Skipped GOP Debate

Ft. Lauderdale – Last night, Karen Harrington missed her 4th Republican
debate. What was Karen’s excuse? She claims she had to be in Jacksonville to speak at a blogger’s conference. But that’s just another one of Karen’s lies.

Last night, while her Republican opponents were debating, Karen Harrington was reportedly 5 miles away in Hollywood, at Dr. Adam Splaver’s house.

There you have it. Karen Harrington caught in another lie. Karen has been pushing false and misleading attacks about Ozzie deFaria for nine months. And, she’s lying to voters about her true policy positions.

For example, Karen claims she’s against gay marriage, but a picture has emerged showing her participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Karen claims Ozzie is under criminal investigation, but that’s a lie too. For political purposes, her campaign associate filed a police report with false information. Then Karen used the police report to lie about an ongoing investigation.

Karen also continues to hide the real reason she became a Republican only days before declaring her candidacy for Congress.

‘Voters can see straight through a liar. That’s probably why she lost big, by 22%, to Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2010,’ said Ozzie deFaria. ‘Every one of Karen’s attacks against me has been personal in nature. Her dirty, misleading, and untrue smear tactics are failing with voters, and she knows it.'”


Karen Harrington Attack Mailer Uses Info From Cop Accused Of Filing False Police Reports

This week, voters of US Congressional district 23 received a mailer from Karen Harrington attacking her Republican opponent Ozzie DeFaria. The piece featured information from a July 2005 police report filed by Lee Martin. In October 2005, as part of large corruption investigation of former Sheriff Ken Jenne, Detective Martin was arrested for filing false police reports.

The Sun Sentinel reported at the time of his arrest, “As part of the fallout from the crime statistics scandal still rocking the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the agency Friday fired a deputy after an internal investigation concluded he falsified records to close cases. Lee Martin, 41, was a detective in the Weston/Southwest Ranches district, but in October 2005, was suspended with pay. Last October, the Sheriff’s Office stopped paying him.Martin’s termination, requiring several sheriff’s officials’ signatures, comes just days before another suspended deputy, Shane Campbell, 33, is set to go to trial on felony charges stemming from the scandal, which became public in 2004.” Even though BSO fired Martin, an arbitrator eventually forced his reinstatement.

Additionally, law enforcement insiders tell RED BROWARD that Martin has been escorting Democrat Sheriff candidate Louis Granteed all around town. Sources say Martin escorted Granteed’s Democrat primary challenger Scott Israel in 2008. One can assume that Martin will never escort Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti (R-Republican) anywhere.

Perhaps the Harrington campaign will double check their sources next time? Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out Of Touch) would have a field day with a Republican opponent quoting a disgraced Democrat operative.

Karen Harrington, Ozzie DeFaria, Gineen Bresso, Juan Eliel Garcia and Joe Kaufman face off for the CD 23 Republican nomination on August 14, 2012.

The CD 23 candidates will debate on Thursday August 2 7:00pm at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community 1301 South Ocean Blvd, Hollywood. The debate will be moderated by veteran WPLG/Local 10 political reporter Michael Putney.