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Gingrich Heckled, Staffer (Karin Hoffmann) Assaults Cameraman at Campaign Event

By Javier Manjarres

Coral Springs,FL- Newt Gingrich was heckled by a woman who managed to make her way to the front of the crowd, and he was clearly distracted by her obnoxious attempt to try and gain his attention.  Gingrich attempted to address her incoherent line of questioning as best he could, and as you will see in the video, Gingrich responded to her perfectly.  We asked the woman if she was a Ron Paul supporter or if she was part of the Occupy Wall St. movement, she said indicated she was not associated with either.

Karin Hoffman, Gingrich’s Broward County Co-Chair (previously been featured here on the Shark Tank) attempted to try to diffuse the situation. Unfortunately, Hoffman only compounded the situation when she grasped at the woman and put her hand on her, prompting the woman to object. Another campaign advance man stepped in to explain to her that her safety could be in danger, and she took offense and tried to turn it around on the campaign.

Inexplicably, Hoffman turned around and struck the photographer and the video camera, right in front of two police officers.(End of video) Assault charges could be forthcoming, and it’s fair to ask if she is suited to be representing Newt Gingrich in Broward County.

At Common Law, an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.Legal Dictionary

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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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  • http://www.andjustice4all.rg Marian

    Welcome to Florida Newt, See you met the Ron Paul supporters …
    I voted today …

    • Tea Party Voter in Broward County

      OMG! Don’t tell me that Newt hired this NUT CASE Karin Hoffman! Did Newt do his homework on her? Stay away from her Newt. She will only hurt your campaign here in Broward County. But then again I’m for Romney so keep her around will ya? LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carlos

    Come on… really? 2 taps on the lens… LMBO. Don’t get all dramatic Javier! BTW I was @ Wings Plus… great speech and turn out.

    • Rose

      @ Mr. Manjarres, that was no tap. That was an assault and Battery! I would file charges if I was you. Her friends will comment on here and try to make you look like a wimp to not file. Don’t fall for it. Karin has been getting away with this for years. She makes Newt look bad as well. File charges…

    • Leslie Miller

      The whole crowd is a war loving corrupted and violent mess.

  • Sarah Biggs

    Karen Hoffman not qualified for Gingrich campaign? Seriously? You got to be kidding. She is one of the most qualified people down here for campaigns. She got many people to the event. Assault? What kind of bogus complaint are we dealing with here from someone who just wants attention.

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  • Sandman

    The whole situation was bizzar. The police should have removed the woman because she went on the entire speech, if it were a Democrat speaking she would have been removed. I was in back by the cameras but everyone could hear her. I guess Hoffman was trying to shut her up but yea I think she just made the situation worse cause she was confronting the woman and looked crazy.

    Hoffman should have had Harrington there to speak. Instead Robert Lowry spoke to the crowd, what the heck for? And no Javier, it doesn’t mean I’m not voting for Newt.

    • elizabeth dunn

      The whole situation was bizarre, indeed.

    • Paul in Broward county Florida

      First of all who is this Karen Hoffman lady thinks she is? As much as I can’t stand that protester yelling at Newt that does not give her the right to put your hands on that protester or hit the cameraman. Further more, Who gave her the authority to have the police kick anyone out? And why did the police not do nothing when those people were assaulted? Is this how Newt runs his campaign?! Newt should have this crazy person of his staff period.

    • Bill_B

      whats up with you R’s these days? Gotta control those pointy fingers doesn’t look good on camera, regardless of the whack job you’re pointing at. LOL

  • Dknc

    As a Ron Paul supporter I resent the assumption by the author that she was a Ron Paul supporter as well as the snarky comments. Paul is not the candidate that thinks the solution to every problem is to declare war on something whether it’s a substance, a tactic or a country. He’s not the candidate that says he’ll make goverent smaller and then acts like a Democrat when elected. He’s the only one who DOESN’T do those things.

    Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over again like elected GOP establishment candidates proposing the same “solutions” to problems they never saw coming, and expecting different results.

  • LiveFreeOrDie1776

    Evidence of how desperate an Obama supporter is in light of the impossible task of having to support Obama’s disastrously failed presidency. Newt (or any Obama opponent) speaking truth in a civil & cogent manner presents an existential threat to the congenitally dishonest dogma of the extreme left-wing. See: operation “Smokescreen” better known as the “Occupy” movement. Nothing more than a desperate attempt to take America’s eyes off of the worst & most corrupt administration in American history.
    If this had been a John Totalitarian Kerry event they would have tazed this screaming gadfly.

    You have seen the eyes of hatred and they are not on Newt’s face.”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

    This haggish banshee Jennings is a classic example of the wildly successful Obama/Alinsky tactic of divide and conquer. A nation divided cannot stand.

    Cowardly Ugly Newthating Terrorist

  • LiveFreeOrDie1776

    Hey Cowardly Ugly Newthating Terrorist, there is no such thing as “an average American”.

    • Lisa Rovella

      Does anyone know the history about Karin all ways screwing up a campaign? Look like she is at it again. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Sunil

    Wow.. I saw this video on Youtube under the heading of “Ron Paul supporters are the worst america have to offer” and see during the video she said she wasn’t a supporter of Paul, which you have accurately stated here.. yet illiterate and deaf Gingrich supporters seem to be both here and there.

    At the Ron Paul supporter bashers, we read, watch and understand the policies and person we are supporting. Most of you bashers are just ignorant to the actual information out there and have such closed minds you won’t research yourselves nor even listen when others try to give you knowledge that they have researched themselves.

  • elizabeth dunn

    I love Florida voters! The faint of heart need not apply… :)

    • Dem’s for Newt!

      Hey Javier, why was those secret service guy’s taking your picture in your face for? I bet Karin told them lies about you so that you get harassed. Be careful bro, she is wacky like that.

  • Tea Party Voter in Broward County

    Karin Hoffman is known to ruin a political campaign. She wants all the attention to herself and makes it about her! So many people that I know that like Newt will not volunteer for him here in Broward county because of how she acts towards others. She will assault and offend people all the time and say just crazy things! I hope Newt let’s Karin go because she will hurt Newt in Broward county BIG time!!!

  • Will Williams

    This Woman is a plant just as that guy in Virginia was when he invented a new racist term, macacca when George Allen was running there. These Democrat Nazi Pigs like this Woman are deaf dumb and blind. They don’t even know how stupid they are when they defend Obama and his marxist agenda. They have no sense of decency, morality or justice. They believe they are all that matters and their messiah Obama is the one they want to climb inside of and try and be a port of. Well, whose you messiah now? PIG! Nasty Democrat Nazi PIG! Homophobic Democrat rednecked zombies should attend your special KKK meetings and leave the Republicans alone so we can think of ways to repair the damage they have done to our Country in peace. This ignorant Woman is an example of what is really wrong with the Democrat party. They have no respect, spread lies about anything they disagree with and disagree with ANYTHING their party didn’t come up with first no matter how it benefits America. Look at the Millionaires and billionaires in the Democrat Party They pay lip service to Liberals while practicing everything they can in Conservative circles to become more and more wealthy. Why? So Liberals will not bother them while they tag on Republicans for doing the same thing!
    Democrats are liars and that’s why that Woman wasn’t welcome at that event. Arrgh, I say. Argh, I can’t believe them and their ignorance. It just flabbergasts me. How ignorant their lackeys are.

  • Will Williams

    I’m not gonna let these Democrats get away with their terrorist tactics any longer. Non violently I say. I say it is THEY who are the violent ones. Look at the jerks who claim to occupy wall street as though that were a means to their ends. They really are just a bunch of punks (I am talking about their Masters in the DNC too).
    We shouldn’t stand still for them calling us names any longer. We are NOT homophobes, racists, or anything else as vile and built on hate and todays Democrats. They HATE America. They HATE work.They HATE prosperity. They HATE YOU and ME! They HATE respect for others. I want to treat them for about the next year or so to what they have shared with me and all other conservatives for the last GENERATION. What I propose iOS to turn around the slander and malignant right back on them. Ignore anything they say because it’s all lies. It’s sickening what we have let them say about us and what we let them do to our Country and our future. “Our Constitution was made ONLY for moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other!” I didn’t say this line. It was President John Adams, pone of our Founding Fathers who wrote that line. I’ll leave one last line: “Only virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” -Benjamin Franklin Sounds like he was writing about the Democrats in America doesn’t it!

  • Robert Champion

    Javier use to be a decent journalist. Now Javier is equivalent to the New York Times and the Huffington Post. This lady was pretty outspoken and obviously spoke her mind and had no problem telling anyone what she thought even if it was offensive. When she was asked if she was a Ron Paul supporter or occupy Wall Street the answer she gave was no. None of the questioners asked her if she was an Obama supporter, Yet Javier says she must have been a Ron Paul supporter. Javier has become as pathetic at reporting the news as the other liberal rags. He is full of disinformation. Also I would call that a tap. If he wants to waste tax dollars filing a police report he can, but the looser will lose badly. It is clear that Javier gets paid by a candidate and uses his propaganda Shark Tank to spread propaganda. I think as Javier continues to demonize Republicans in primaries he will lose more and more readers and we will no longer hear of the Shark Tank, because Javier will be cleaning bathrooms as his paper blog gets flushed down the toilet from lack of readers.

    • Javier Manjarres

      Still am a pretty good journalist. A tap or even an egregious slap, still constitute an assault. This was about the heckler, not about Hoffman. She did not have a reason to strike the camera. End of story.

  • Rober Chmpion

    Javier you must rely on advertising dollars. You alienate 75 percent of your Republican readers when you openly critice other Republican candidates in a Republican primary. That is not good business. Who wants to advertise on the Shark Tank when the publisher Javier may be smearing a candidate that the advertiser supports? I started reading your blog when I was trying to help get Rubio elected. You have gone way overboard on your alienation of Republican readers and as I said you will be washing dishes and mopping floors as your advertising dollars dry up from Republican readers, because they are sick and tired of your smear tactics to Republican candidates. Javier, you need to be doing your smear tactics to the Democrats who are not your readers and who do not spend advertising dollars on your blog.
    Smearing Ron Paul every time you have a chance is not a good business decision or any other Republican candidate in a Republican primary. You make enemies who may one day advertise on your blog, but instead decide to flush your propaganda rag down the toilet where it belongs.

    • Javier Manjarres

      booo booo, Shark Tank is doing just fine 😉

  • FromLWandHatesJennings

    Her name is Cara Jennings. She is NOT a democrat! She is NOT a Ron Paul Supporter! She IS part of the Occupy Movement, or was so in the early days, I do not know her affiliation as of now.

    She is crazy and toxic!

    Her definition of “free speech” is that you have to listen to her and you need to STFU and take it! She constantly gets into these types of situations on purpose! She is a disgraceful person with no shame!

    She even throws her “power” around telling establishments “if you allow this rally to go on here, my supporters and myself will make sure you don’t have business tomorrow”. She is unethical and corrupt, but because she isn’t backed by big business she doesn’t see nor understand that! And because the courts have backed up her “civil disobedience” in the past she still thinks she has a right to disturb others.

    She knows that the police can’t arrest her for anything she is doing, but, unless this was on public property (a park that is funded by the city or state for example), she can be escorted off at any time. She should have been escorted from the time she wouldn’t STFU! Karin shouldn’t have pointed the finger in her face, no one should have told her they feared for her safety. Everyone should have just told the police to escort her away for disorderly conduct! We do not have a “right” to civil disobedience! We have a right to take our greivences to our GOVERNMENT for things that we do not agree with without fear of repercussions from the government!

    We have a right to express our ideas and thoughts without fear of legal repercussions. However we do not have the right to impede the same rights of others. A concept very foreign to Jennings! “I have a right to speak and you have NO right to shut me up!” Very selfish! She has the same demeanor of a 5 year old child!

  • Boca Spin Doctor

    Ron Paul is a racist and a bigot.

  • Sandi Trusso

    Where was security? People had been waiting for hours to hear Newt, and this woman was so disruptive that she prevented them from hearing what she came to hear! Did anyone notice the dopey little smile she had on her face the entire time she was being disruptive? This wasn’t about “her opinion”. This was about denying others the right to hear what they came to hear, and denying Newt Gingrich’s right to freedom of speech!

    These people think they’re the only one’s entitled to “free speech”. She should have been removed by security.

  • Jo Anne Zarola Falconer

    Big Plant it sounds like to me both women possibly could be involved…from the Romney or Obama camp

  • Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

    Zombie Roman Catholics in support of a closet-queen, serial adulterating pervert draft-dodger.

  • BREC member

    I only have one question. Why did Karin hit Javier’s camera when there were numerous other reporters and photographers in her reach? Grow up BRECsters. Javier is NOT a threat to the party – you are!

  • Dean


    • Javier Manjarres

      You are right, I did not know who she was. Since I am the smartest person on the face of the earth, I usually know everything and everyone-I missed this one. LOL!!!

  • Anne

    The woman should have been removed after her second outbreak. Allowing her to continue time and time again to be disruptive fueled the crowds indignation. Of course it would! Had I been there to listen to Newt, I would have been more than annoyed! Leaving her there could have caused violence to break out. Hopefully, if there are future obnoxious people like this lady, they will be escorted out before the crowd loses their patience!! And that would apply to any crowd….be it Republican or Democrat. There is a time and place for everything. This woman’s behavior was out of place, and anyone with an ounce of common sense would agree with that!

  • Cara Jennings is a Menace to Society

    As the previous poster noted, former Lake Worth Councilwoman Cara Jennings is a raving lefty, and a self-described anarchist. Unfortunately, she is also very clever and knows how to stay just this side of the law to avoid getting arrested. At previous public altercations, her other fellow travellers always seem to get arrested (e.g. her good anarchist buddy Panagioti “Peter” Tsolkas), but she seems always to skate. She is a menace to society and I’m sorry that good, well-meaning people fell for her antics.

  • http://TheSharkTank Earl

    The heckler appeared to be mentally ill. She should have been removed by the police immediately, instead of being allowed to rant and rave like a maniac for such a long time. On another note, I arrived at 10:15 am and was told that Newt would not arrive until 11:45 am. I then had to leave as I needed to attend another meeting that would conflict with his tardiness, and later I received an email timed at 11:01 am that Newt would be late. I understand that delays happen in policital campaigns, but I travelled a long distance to see Newt, and it was hyped as 10:30 am, and really did not like this faux pas at all.

  • mike michaels(mikeymike143)

    paulbot = friendless loser

  • David Caulkett

    Javier, keep up your good work fighting illegal immigration!

    The heckler is indeed Cara Jennings, a Menace to Society and a former Lake Worth Florida Commissioner. Cara is a self-proclaimed anarchist who refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Cara was arrested previously during a protest of a FPL utility plant and likely other times as well. Cara is a strong supporter of illegal aliens as she was the principle founder of the now defunct Lake Worth Illegal Alien Hiring Hall. She has a history of disrupting events along with her socialist/communist/anarchist/ultra left associates as she is a rude, vulgar, emotionally distraught person, to say the least.

    Some of her disruptions and history are documented at the Floridians for Immigration Enforcement web site:

    Dave Caulkett, VP,

    • Brigida

      THANK YOU for your valuable information !

  • N Hamze

    Looks as if Karin Hoffman tried to murder you with a spitball. Lord, have mercy.



  • Brigida

    Here we go again! The only offensive person in this ridiculous disruption of a speech is the heckler herself and like someone else said, 2 taps on a camera with a smile on her face… Chill out people!

  • Darklady

    Why is it an “obnoxious attempt to try and gain his attention” when a non Tea Partier does it but it’s a valiant example of patriots speaking truth to power when a Tea Partier does it?

    • Bill_B

      Please humor us and provide an example of just one incident where a real non-imposter tea-party person was equally as disruptive as this incident. While your searching those remaining brain cells, look too for one where the speaker was respectful enough to actually try to have a coherent dialog back.

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  • Newt supporter

    Well Newt lost Florida BIG time! Way to go Karin. TOXIC!


    Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what
    can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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