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As Chris Christie hides in FL, Debbie Wasserman Schultz trashes him in two major media markets

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BeTIFSDIAAA3INkNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t had a winning media day ever since news erupted early last week that a senior staffer and an ally clearly conspired to shut down traffic on a bridge in an apparent act of political retribution.

Saturday was another public-relations loser for Christie, a 2016 GOP White House hopeful, who hid from the press when he flew into Florida for a series of closed-press hush-hush fundraisers for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of whose own donors called the secrecy "stupid.” (NOTE: Picture at left courtesty of WFOR/CBS4)

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz happily filled the void, holding two press conferences in Orlando and then in her congressional district in Dania Beach where she addressed at least seven broadcast TV cameras and even more reporters. 

“It’s a little bizarre that Rick Scott would bring the chair of the Republican Governors Association -- something that arguably he should be proud of in a normal situation -- and not brag about it, not show him off, not spend some time in front of the cameras, take some photo-ops and take some questions,” she said.

“Well there’s a reason for that,” she continued. And it’s probably both that RS doesn’t want to be seen standing next to Chris Christie. And Chris Christie doesn’t want to be answering any uncomfortable questions.”

Once an early GOP frontrunner in the presidential race, Christie’s fortunes have begun to sink. His first impression to national voters has been a public-relations disaster, and Christie’s press-avoiding appearance in Florida is an object lesson in how not to campaign in the nation’s most-crucial swing state.

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“Whenever you are someone who, like Chris Christie did during that two hour press conference, has to say ‘I am not a bully,’ then you know you probably are a bully,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Earlier in the day, during a Palm Beach fundraiser, CBS-4 captured Christie on video leaving the event. Christie looked at the camers, looked away and slipped away without taking a question.

Wasserman Schultz’ line repeated by TV stations in Orlando and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale media market: “It’s great to be here to welcome Chris Christie to the Sunshine State. It’s not everyday we get to welcome a governor whose scandals burns so brightly they outshine even those of our own scandal-plagued governor, Rick Scott.”

“Gov. Christie and Gov. Scott really do have a lot in common,” she continued. “They both seem to have a loose definition of ethics and of knowing what’s right and what’s wrong. And they both know a thing or two about creating massive traffic problems for their constituents.”

As it regards Scott, that last reference by Wasserman Schultz was to the governor’s decision to cancel federal money to help build a bullet-train between Tampa and Orlando. Though Scott’s decision there outraged some voters and political leaders in the crucial Interstate 4 corridor, there’s simply no comparing it to what Christie’s staff did.

To emphasize the transportation theme, Wasserman Schultz held the press conference in at a train station along with Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, Broward Democratic Chair Mitch Caesar and Miami-Dade Democratic Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.

While the venue had symbolic significance, the acoustics were horrible. Right next to I-95 and the airport, the train station was noisy. It was tough for bystanders to hear what she was saying. But it didn't really matter. The seven microphones and handful of print-reporter recorders on the podium picked up every zinger in two of the state's largest media markets.

And the silence by Christie, Scott and other top-notch Republican officials was conspicuous in its absence.

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Jackson Davis

"And the silence by Christie, Scott and other top-notch Republican officials was conspicuous in its absence."

"in its absence"??

Can't take anymore

It should be Christie who is ashamed to be seen in public with Rick Scott. Maybe he actually came to Florida so Scott could coach him how to hide behind the 5th Amendment when he gets deposed in New Jersey. Scott's use of the 5th over 70 times saved his skin from going to federal prison and it could do the same for Christie.

ed jenkins

The readers deserve better than from these journalists that this awful piece of rambling material that is to such an extent they cannot even figure out what the point of this article is. It starts off discussing meetings with politicians from distant places who are of no concern to the readers. Then the readers have to hear complaints that certain people who do not even know these journalists are for some reason hiding from these journalists which sounds like an excuse for why these journalists cannot do their job and need to be replaced. Finally we hear about some wasserman and Schultz people who are giving speeches even though these people were not part of these meetings that the journalists are upset about not being invited to though they do not know the politician from distant places. Finally we are lead into a discussion about railroads which the citizens do not want or use as they have found them to be uneconomical and inconvenient.

The readers request more coherent articles and articles on politicians relevant to the citizens and not those from distant places.

Don

There is nothing here folks....keep this traffic moving....just some desperate Democrats cause a flurry of news way too early...please move on....nothing to see here, keep your eyes ahead...Please move on

This desperate move by the democrats will prove Christie is "Stronger Than The Storm"


Pablo

Christie is hiding because he doesn't want to be seen in public with that medicare fraudster $cott. Christie only came to Florida because he's the head of the RGA and felt obligated to come.

What the journalists should be digging into is who are the super secret wealthy donors that came to these super secret fundraisers for $cott?

Mal Touss

Geez, a little proofreading before posting an article goes a long way :-P

Rusty Inman

On the one hand, one must commend the courage/foolishness it must take to post a comment per the exponentially-expanding Chris Christie scandal(s) that attempts to convince us that "There is nothing here folks...keep this traffic moving...just some desperate Democrats...This desperate move by the Democrats will prove Christie is 'Stronger Than The Storm.'"

On the other hand, one must find it uncommendable that a poster could conceivably imagine that anyone whose critical thinking faculties are intact could be swayed by the lame assertion that there is "nothing to see here" and that the scandal slowly but surely engulfing Mr. Christie is nothing more than a "desperate move by the Democrats."

Anyone unconscious enough to believe that should wander the world wearing a leper's bell. Those folks are dangerous and we need to know where they are at all times.

rarand

The "silence" of Christie & Co. was indeed "absent", and for two simple reasons: first, those folks at the site of the fundraiser, where they separated themselves from the press on the scene, were indeed "silent", in the great tradition of G.W.Bush; second, had they been within earshot of Ms. Wasserman Schultz, they (as was she) would have been "silenced" by the ambient noise of train station, airport, and highway.... The more we learn about Christie--from anyone, anywhere, on any medium, against any interfering noise -- the better off we'll be. Whoever doubts this is most likely a glutton for that glutton's unending abuse.

Jill

Chris, dude, it's over - you will never be President. If you don't believe me, believe 88 year old blogger Lester Aldrich - he is never wrong:
http://mankabros.com/blogs/those_damn_kids/2014/01/15/chris-christie-needs-to-give-up/

Ellen

DWS would do better to worry about FLORIDA's problems. In fact she would do well to stop being an apologist for Obama as he throws Israel to the wolves time and again. For shame!

Sandy Oestreich


GOOD FOR YOU, FRIEND DWSCHULTZ!! Like someone once shouted about me, "SHE has more b--ls than all of us Here!"

She tells it Like It IS, and the rest of the apologists for the Scott-Christie Team have their heads in the sand like ostrichs, Losers.

CAN WE PLEASE START ELECTING ADULTS!
SandyO@PassERA.org 2PassERA.org

Jorge

oh crap -- frizzy dizzy Debbie Was-a-man Shultz is running her vial mouth again. can you believe she eats with that too?

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