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DC Work For Us’ Karin Hoffman Makes a Cancerous Political Attack

by Javier Manjarres

Election-year campaigns tend to get pretty nasty when it comes to personal attacks, but when candidates and/or the organizations who’ve endorsed or support a candidate attack their opponents on their behalf using their past or present health issues, most sober minded people would agree is a tactic that is beyond the pale and downright shameful.  A couple of days ago, Karin Hoffman from the DC Works for Us, an activist group based in Broward County, posted a very questionable statement on the Facebook wall of Robert Lowry, who is running for Congress in FL CD 20.   Lowry himself has been in the news as of late with a pleathora of missteps and gaffes of his own. (Read more on Lowry here: FEC violations, Herpes, lawsuit and DWS shooting)

Here is what Hoffman posted on Lowry’s Facebook wall:

Being a cancer survivor does not bolster your resume. Does not make you a fighter. There are many dear friends and family I know who lost the battle to cancer who were tremendous fighters, as well. Cancer is no respecter of persons. The fact that Debbie or Karen would use this is their resume as to who they are diminishes all those who lost the battle.

Using her logic, no person, noteworthy, successful, or otherwise, could ever mention the fact that they are a cancer survivor in their biography.  Lance Armstrong, by constantly referring to himself as a cancer survivor, is somehow diminishing everyone else who lost the battle to cancer, even as he heightens public awareness of cancer’s persistence and the need for additional research of this deadly disease.  Cancer survivors should call attention to that fact they are survivors, to give other people hope, to raise awareness, and to encourage people to donate to find a cure.  Should Karin Hoffman apologize for her comments?  What say you?   Take our poll below.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  1. DandyLion August 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Apologies? What apologies? Has she apologized for pulling that stupid stunt, along with Eric Odom, on Steele, at the beginning of the year?? At least Odom moved to NV, head down in shame, hoping that people won’t know his name there but what these clowns fail to see that once your name is dirt amongst the conservative movement, it will stay that way. Opportunists galore, way too many of them!

    We are our own worst enemies, we hurt our own more so than Libs do!!

    Karin has no room to preach to anyone. Her name is DIRT already and nobody outside Broward/WPB will deal with her. She’s the female version of Wilkinson, Skoda, Leahy, Kremer, Odom, Jackson and the list goes to no end.

  2. honeygetoverit August 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Health is not an issue that carries validity in a political campaign, and either one of them constantly bringing it up is ridiculous. It doesn’t prove a candidate’s ability to lead, to “fight”, or to WIN. It doesn’t tell us where the candidates stand on the issues, it doesn’t expose their past. It doesn’t prove moral courage, it doesn’t prove a thing. And surviving cancer is a blessing from God; to attempt to take credit for it is crazy. ITS GREAT THAT U SURVIVED CANCER, BUT STOP TRYING TO GET US TO THINK THAT MAKES U MORE FIT TO SERVE. Geesh.

  3. Mike August 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm


    You obviously are not following the candidates in this race. Harrington does not use it all the time, she uses it as background, just like Lowry does with other issues of his. Rubio does the same with the whole cuba thing.

  4. Tim August 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Karrin has lost sooooooo much respect by hanging out with those crazy lynch and Lowry people! They act like a bunch of Liberal Democrats! Karrin could of been something…

  5. Lady Libertas August 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I have only ever heard Karen Harrington using it as background in the proper context – as someone who survived a life-threatening disease, Karen would be the person to weigh in on her experiences with the health care system. Lowry runs off at the mouth all the time as if he is a geriatric expert since he owns nursing homes – Karen was a patient and survivor. Of course it is relevant and made even more relevant by the fact the DWS uses it like a crutch – Karen being a survivor as well just evens the playing field between her and DWS.

    Why would Karin Hoffman attack Karen Harrington on that? Honestly? How about her policies?

    Lowry’s camp and their supporters which included DC Works for US who also use Chad Lincoln as their mouthpiece when convenient need to get off attacking other GOP candidates. They need to focus on the big picture and save their petty vitriol for the Libs. Is this what happens when people convert from a Liberal ideology and then claim to be born again Conservative?

  6. Joe Patriot August 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I used to go to the meetings and found it that Karin was crazy and a GOP suck up. This doesn’t surprise me what so ever. Maybe Karin Hoffman and Robert Lowry can take turns beating up seniors or burning crosses?

  7. Richard August 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    sorry ass excuse for a tea party patriot! she should be embarrassed for writing this garbage

  8. Sara August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    This lady is nuts. Did the tea party kick her out?

  9. Brec Member that will not vote for her if she runs for the board. August 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I heard Karin Hoffman is not even Conservative and she has lots of Democrat friends! WTF?!

  10. TruthMatters77 August 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Karen Hoffman is right in what she said. Those who criticize her
    are only making themselves look irrelevant to what really matters this
    election season. We need to unite as conservatives not look for things
    that divide us – especially with something this trivial!

  11. DC Works and Lowry Supporter August 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I love Karin. She tries very hard to keep everyone in her group happy. Since most of the people in her group support Lowry, of cause she is going to say negative things about Karen Harrington. I personally am for Lowry because I think the man sweats Machismo. Please stop picking on Lowry., when he wins the Republican Primary you will be sorry and if he doesn’t win then Karin will probably send her support over to Joe Budd. Are you going to start saying negative things about him then? It’s not her fault everyone she backs loses. Your a mean, mean man. Go Lowry!!! Go Karin!!!!

  12. Imjustsayin August 20, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Karin is such a wannabe and a total suck up! Has anyone looked into her REAL relationship with Lowry or Lincoln???
    I’m just sayin…….
    Yo Sharky….get some real investigators on that story! Let’s dig up the REAL dirt on these dirt ho-bags!

  13. Brec Member that WILL vote for Karin if she runs for the board August 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Using a personal illness to manipulate the vote is wrong and very different from using the experience to make a difference for others. There is a fine line between the two. But, it is not impossible to see when a candidate has crossed that line.

  14. DandyLion August 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    All I want to know is this: Karin, have you called Steele and apologized for your treachery?

    I know that you didn’t and if you thought that people are not aware of all your shenanigans, you’re a fool. Just remember, your name is not kindly viewed in the conservative world because you’ve proven yourself to be a deceitful and paranoid person but, if you have an iota of decency, have some respect and consideration for the good people of your group and respect their hard work and devotion to the conservative cause by starting to act like a moral individual. You are dragging them into the dirt you decided to wallow in simply by being associated with you! And spare everyone the drama of lies and paranoia at the next meeting you will hold, stop asking or telling people about other groups. Take control of your own behavior and start repairing the damage you’ve done to your own group! Last meeting at the Wings place? Disturbing! People gathered there in support of a great candidate and you destroyed the entire evening by going around and bashing other groups! You should be ashamed of that!!!

  15. josiah hoffman August 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    ok so if i hear any of you stupid idiots who thinks its so funny to talk crap abou tmy mom i will come and beat the living crap out of you thats whatsup im talking ot you TIM and Javier who shaves his les and arms like a gay homo.

  16. Flojo August 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Hoffman is nothing but a lowry hack that is looking for a payday. Seems like all she does is support losers like Lynch and Lowry.

  17. Anna August 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    It sounds like this Karin Hoffman is out of control. I would be not want the tea party or gop associated with her. People like her not only give conservatives a bad name, but set us back.

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DC Work For Us’ Karin Hoffman Makes a Cancerous Political Attack

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