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NRCC goes after Wasserman Schultz on fired IT staffer

@PatriciaMazzei

National Republicans have one of their favorite foes -- Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston -- in their sights again.

The National Republican Congressional Committee debuted a web video Wednesday, backed by a five-figure ad buy, criticizing Wasserman Schultz for not firing former House IT staffer Imran Awan until after he was arrested at Dulles International Airport month and charged with bank fraud.

The spot starts with an illustration of a police-car chase.

"Scandals, lies and corruption," the narrator intones. "That's Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

Other congressional Democrats had cut Awan loose in February, accusing him of stealing computers and data systems. But Wasserman Schultz kept him on, saying recently she was concerned his due-process rights might have been infringed if he'd been let go over a technicality. She has since drawn a challenger to her solidly Democratic Broward County district.

Wasserman Schultz resigned as Democratic National Committee chairwoman a year ago after Wikileaks published thousands of emails showing the party appeared to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

"As usual, instead of taking responsibility, she made an abundance of excuses and doubled down," NRCC Communications Director Matt Gorman said in a statement. "As long as Florida has Debbie Wasserman Schultz, they'll have to deal with the scandals that follow her around."

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