By Javier Manjarres
Republican congressional candidate Karen Harrington, the front runner in the primary race to unseat Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is being targeted by a smear campaign that has crossed line from between being juvenile to possibly being a matter of public safety for law enforcement. Over the past several months, the reported smears against Harrington’s character and campaign have been posted on the free public website Craig’s List. Until now, the rants have been nothing more than harsh but unsubstantiated political rhetoric aimed at damaging Harrington’s good name.
Today a note was posted on Craig’s List asking for Muslims to attend a ‘Bible Burning’ event at one of Harrington’s restaurants. The post lists the restaurant’s address and states that the ‘burning’ will take place on Saturday February 25th between 1-3pm. The Pembroke Pines police have been notified and they are treating this as serious public safety issue. The Pembroke Pines Police Department will have a presence between those hours listed in the post and they have opened up an investigation into the author of the post.
We can speculate that the author of this post is either one of Harrington’s competitors in the primary race or one of their misguided loyal supporters. Several of the candidates in the race could be brought into question since some of them have a history of making false and demeaning remarks toward Harrington or towards women.
Joe Kaufman has been going around telling Rabbis and anyone who will listen that Harrington is a supporter of Hamas and has actually hired an CAIR/Hamas sympathizer to her campaign. Joe Goldner has called Harrington a “Political Whore” on many occasions and also spews the same Hamas rhetoric about Harrington as Kaufman has. Ozzie deFaria has also taken a leap onto the fringe, proclaiming that a certain female elected official whose initials are ‘DWS’ needed to be sent back to the pound and featured a political ad that drew a dog collar around her neck.
It remains to be seen who is actually behind smear campaign. Here is the Craig’s List post in question:
ATTN: FELLOW MUSLIMS – PLEASE ATTEND OUR BIBLE BURNING
Date: 2012-02-24, 11:12AM
Salaam AleikimThe Muslim Brotherhood of South Florida is pleased to announce our first BIBLE BURNINGAll believers in the TRUE GOD ALLAH are encouraged to attend & participateSaturday,Feb 25, 1 – 3PMxxx NW xxth Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL xxxxxBYOB
(Bring your own bible…TO BURN)
- Location: ALL BELIEVERS IN ALLAH ARE WELCOME
- it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsOriginal URL: http://miami.craigslist.org/
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**Update-Saturday came and went without any altercation at Harrington’s restaurant location in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The Pembroke Pines police department patrolled the neighborhood around the restaurant during the stated hours of the announced ‘Bible burning.
According to the Sunshine State News, an ‘aide’ to one of Harrington’s opponent’s , anonymously stated that this was a publicity stunt by Harrington to get attenti0n. This seems a bit far fetched, considering that the ‘aide’ did not want to be identified, or his/her campaign to be identified. Why all the secrecy, could it be that the anonymous campaign was responsible for this act?