District 20 – Florida – The race against Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for the United States House of Representatives seat in Florida’s 20th Congressional District may or may not have just gotten a shot of adrenaline. On October 4th, 2011 Ozzie deFaria announced his run for the District 20 seat that, to date, has been a candidate-killer for the Republican side of the ticket. To all appearances, Mr. deFaria is just what the race has needed – a true businessperson, with the education and experience to recognize what will help America’s economy, and first-hand knowledge of what happens to business when government gets in the way.
Wasserman-Schultz has been relatively unchallenged in recent years, and some of the most promising Republican candidates have been fed to the sharks by their own kind. Rep. Wasserman-Schultz is no dummy, and liberal Democrat machine she’s built has worked hard to ensure that the weakest Republican candidate is the opponent she would face in elections. The Republican Primary of 2010 was a prime example of the Dem Machine combining with self-described ‘conservative’ infiltrators to tear down some of the most promising candidates in years, e.g. Donna Milo – a conservative contractor of Cuban descent; Robert Lowry- an irreverent and humorous, yet highly intelligent businessman. Both of these candidates were the subject of numerous attacks and wrongful allegations. Both were strong candidates who were attacked by alleged conservatives. Both were well capable of taking on Wasserman-Schultz, and were committed to doing so, but because of the Dem Machine and ‘friendly’ fire, both were passed over. District 20 was left with the weakest, and most unqualified candidate for the Republican ticket – Karen Harrington. Ozzie deFaria would do well to keep that 2010 race in mind.
DeFaria’s experience and education put him head and shoulders above the current field of candidates regarding matters of economy, and government involvement in business:
- Joe Kaufman, an outspoken activist against Muslim extremism, and Islamic Terrorism. He is the founder of Americans Against Hate, has been an investigative journalist, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications.
- Karen Harrington, a restaurant manager from Davie, Fl. Wife, and mother of three, as well as a cancer survivor, but apparently chose to work at her family’s business rather than attend college after High School.
- Joe Goldner, a self-described Tea Party activist, and leads a group himself, and indicates that he graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Recent polls have placed concern for the economy as the primary issue on the majority of American’s minds, and with Rep. Wasserman-Schultz marching in lock step to Obama’s failing economic strategies, Ozzie deFaria has been smart to continue to draw attention to Debbie’s close association with the President.
Mr. deFaria will need the support of the ‘Tea Partiers” of District 20 to take on Wasserman-Schultz, and in that he may run into a problem. He has selected as his Campaign Manager Bryan Rudnick. Mr. Rudnick served as the initial campaign manager to Karin Harrington in her 2010 primary race, and through his conversations with many Grassroots leaders managed to significantly alienate himself, and by extension, his candidate – who was then disinvited from speaking to those groups as long as Mr. Rudnick remained her CM.
On the positive side, Mr. deFaria has steered a wise course with regard to the press, giving poigniant interviews to the Sun-Sentinel and RedBroward.com, while avoiding the more inflammatory and predatory elements of the South Florida ‘journalistic’ community.
At this stage in the game, it is too early to tell what will transpire in the District 20 race, especially since the boundries of that District have yet to be determined through the redistricting process, but with his experience, education and background, Ozzie deFaria looks to take an immediate strong lead in the race… providing that the current field doesn’t gain even more additional entries… Keep Watch!