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Wasserman Schultz: Rep. Garcia saying ‘ridiculous’ things in DCCC recruitment flap

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is disputing claims from Democratic state Rep. Luis Garcia who accused her of being mean and unhelpful in his congressional campaign to unseat Republican Congressman David Rivera.

Garcia said Wasserman Schultz called his campaign "pathetic" for only raising $100,000 throughout the spring and summer -- and he was particularly offended that she and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have urged former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas to hop into the race. (Background here)

Wasserman Schultz said she never used the word "pathetic" and that she had only urged him to pick up the pace.

"His accusation is ridiculous. I would never speak to someone that way," she said. "I’ve had many conversations with candidates who struggled in their fundraising. My approach with any of them is encouragement, cajoling, hey pick up the pace, you’ve gotta put in more call time. Those are the kinds of conversations that I have. So his accusation is ridiculous. And it doesn’t merit a response more than that."

So you can’t say if you’re excited about Alex Penelas?

"No," Wasserman Schultz said with a smile.

Garcia, though, disputes her disputing. He said she said "pathetic." And more.

"Her mind is gone or she is lying," Garcia said. "I've got witnesses."

Wasserman Schultz briefly discussed the issue at the Florida Capitol where, despite her reputation as a partisan pitfighter, she was greeted warmly by many of her old Republican colleagues in the Florida Legislature and by scores of well wishers from the Republican-leaning lobby corps.

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whasup

DWS is screwing this up to, as she has many other things.

Hollywood

D.W.S. (Devil With a Smile)

Repubtallygirl

Nothing to see hear, move along. - Officer Barbrady

informed voter

Rep Garcia can't win against Rivera you can't blame the democrats and DWS for trying to find a candidate that can. Rivera can be beaten with the right opponent.

Hollywood

"she was greeted warmly by many of her old Republican colleagues in the Florida Legislature and by scores of well wishers from the Republican-leaning lobby corps."
It's all about the lobbyists $$$$$$$$$

Brian

Debbie Wasserman Schultz talked to David Gregory about the "War on Women". Way to abuse a word. War? Does she have a sincere bone in her body? Talk to people who have lost children in the "War on Terror". She wants to fire up the super small percentage of people who are extremely sensitive to women-related issues. Want a nonsensical comment about Obama screwing up an opportunity to enhance our oil supply. She said it would take 45 years to match the effectiveness of Obama's policy regarding fuel efficiency in cars. Debbie??? You have no idea what you're talking about. Someone told you to say this, right? How long would it take for Obama's policy to take effect?

Dog of war

Yes Rivera can be beat allegedly if they find the right candidate. So, nowhere in Florida can wasserman Schultz find the right candidate? C'mon be real. Riveras the kind dof opponent everyone wants. He's got well publicized problems. But Debbie ant find the right candidate. And Garcia can't raise money. What's the problem. If the DCCC fumbles this one, people ought to ask questions about wasserman Schultz. If she can't score on this one, then she's a loser.

FLAgator88

Many candidates have accused her of behaving this way. Seems like she's a little too powerful for her own good and may need some humbling.

Good Lord

The only ridiculous thing is her hair!
Who is responsible for that mop?

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