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Arrests, domestic violence, blog wars. Yup. Another day in Broward's vicious GOP congressional race

The Shark Tank Blog, which bags Congressional candidate Karen Harrington, recently took a bite of her fellow Republican, Ozzie deFaria, for two arrests in 2005 and 2006 when he scuffled twice with his estranged wife's boyfriend. The full blog and links to the arrest reports are here.

The "court records from his 2005 Domestic Violence case and his 2006 Arrest for Repeat Domestic Violence and Battery are painting a very disturbing pattern of domestic violence and perhaps some serious anger management issues," blogger Javier Manjarres opines.

DeFaria's campaign is pushing back, blaming Harrington for The Shark Tank's blog (which Manjarres denies) while pointing to yet another website, called, that attacks Manjarres.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whom the Republicans want to topple, must be grinning at the internal Republican conflict.

Following are links and excerpts of letters to Harrington from deFaria and his ex, Elaine Seibold, as well as Manjarres' response ( Download From deFaria and Download From Seibold

From deFaria:

Yesterday, you sent out an email saying, “on this Memorial Day, we put politics aside and honor the daily sacrifices that our brave military men and women have made...”  Hours later, Javier Manjarres, a blogger closely associated with (and likely being paid indirectly) by your campaign, re-launched a previously failed personal political attack on my character....

As I stated the last time you launched this same attack against me via Manjarres, I have absolutely nothing to hide about my past.  I’ve already addressed these issues and anyone can learn the facts at

As the voters will see in the weeks ahead, this is just another attempt by you to deceive people into believing you are something that you are not.   As you well know, you simply cannot win by running a positive campaign based on your achievements, because your record is weak, your conservative bonafides are questionable, and your professional achievements are limited.  At my discretion and on my timetable, I will make this case to voters.  I’m confident that the facts will speak for themselves.

From Seibold:

In October 2011, we were made aware that you, via your paid blogger, were attempting to leverage our past to discredit and assassinate Ozzie’s character.  Although this behavior has become commonplace in today’s political arena, we personally find these attacks misleading, offensive, and reprehensible.

It's shameful that you would drag us into this.  We are private citizens not running for office. It's people like youthat make people like us hate politicians.  If you can't run for office on your own record, you should not run.  Distorting the facts of our past to make it appear like Ozzie abused his spouse is despicable and wrong.  Frankly, this is not the behavior we expect from someone who claims to be a social conservative with high moral character.

For your information, here are the facts.  Over six years ago, Ozzie and Charles let emotions get the best of them and had a physical altercation. Ozzie was charged with “domestic violence.”  The altercation was between Ozzie and Charles.  The charges were subsequently dismissed.  It was an unfortunate set of incidents that we all regret,including Ozzie.  Ozzie never showed any violence towards me.  For you to insinuate otherwise is an outright lie.

From Manjarres:

Simply put, this is laughable.  I didn't realize I was running against Ozzie deFaria for Congress, maybe I officially should throw my hat in the ring?
His allegation that I am "coordinating" this attack in conjunction with Karen Harrington is ludicrous, and his defensive response to you makes it clear that he's attempting to change the subject without answering the concerns we've raised regarding his candidacy.
The article is true and we stand by it- if deFaria can't stand this type of scrutiny and has to resort to attacking a member of the media with already proven lies and allegations as contained in the site, he's really not prepared for the scrutiny that all candidates for Congress should expect.  Furthermore, deFaria's surrogates are continuing to disseminate the same disproven lies and allegations about me, including Starla Brown, who was recently hired by deFaria's campaign.
How's that for hypocrisy?

Here's video of Ozzie's ex: