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Joe Kaufman Shamelessly Exploits Sarah Palin

by Javier Manjarres

The political funny season continues to bring out the worst in candidates who can’t help resorting to disingenuous political tactics that try to curry favor with potential voters.

One such case is the one of congressional candidate Joe Kaufman. Kaufman is running to replace Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and is presently trailing in his contested Republican primary against  the popular grassroots front-runner, Karen Harrington.  Kaufman has been criticized for continuing to insist that, “It takes a Kaufman to beat a Wasserman,” a remark that many interpret as bigoted.

More on Joe Kaufman-

During the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate race that was ultimately won by now Senator Marco Rubio won, Joe Kaufman was part of the Bob Smith(pictured in blue) for U.S. Senate team.  Yes, this is the same Bob Smith who made a full-throated endorsement of Sen. John Kerry over President George W. Bush in 2004.  While helping to lead Bob Smith’s Senate campaign, many in South Florida speculated if Joe Kaufman was involved in the reprehensible racial slurs and attacks that came out of Team Smith that were directed at Senator Rubio.(Read more- Joe Kaufman Opposed Marco Rubio)

Kaufman also recently appeared on the Daily Show and things didn’t go so well. In addition to his disastrous appearance, Kaufman verbally attacked one of the most influential Rabbis in South Florida. (Watch ‘The Daily Show’ clip, and read the post-The Daily Joke)

In what can only be described as an act of desperation, Kaufman has added an “Endorsement/Support” category to his campaign website with the “endorsement/support” 
of Sarah Palin.  How exactly did Kaufman score Palin’s “support”, you might ask?  At February’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)  in Washington D.C., Kaufman approached Governor Palin after her CPAC speech, and as she signed autographs, Kaufman told her that he was running for office.

While I wasn’t a witness to the encounter, Kaufman’s video makes one wonder if Palin was actually directing  “support” to, let alone if she had any idea who Kaufman was?

Watch this video compilation of several of Kaufman’s attempts at getting politicos to endorse him, including the Palin incident. You be the judge.

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Let’s concede that Palin was actually directing her wishes to Kaufman, but the fact of the matter is that if Palin were truly going to give Kaufman either “support” or and endorsement, if wouldn’t have been done in the context of an ambush style manner while she was signing autographs with her fans.

Exploiting the encounter even further, Kaufman has recently mailed out a fundraising letter enclosed in an envelope that has an image Governor Palin on it with her quote along side it.  By any reasonable standard, Kaufman is shamelessly exploiting Palin’s kind gesture to further his candidacy and create the impression that there is a closer relationship and support from her then there actually is beyond Kaufman’s video tape of him asking her for an autograph.  

Equally duplicitous is the letterhead that his campaign mailers are being sent on that are designed to make its recipients believe that he is a member of Congress.  His letter head states, “From the Desk Joe Kaufman, Republican-U.S. Congress along with a seal of an eagle, eerily similar to the seal that is used on the official congressional seal.


It is unfortunate that Mr. Kaufman continues to revert to trickery in an attempt to convince potential supporters that his candidacy is commanding more support than it actually is.  So what does Governor Sarah Palin have to say  about her good name being expoited like this?

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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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  • section9

    I suspect if you let the SarahPAC people know about this, they won’t take kindly to it. Palin was fairly studious in her endorsements in 2010, and had people do lots of research before endorsing.

    Rubio was a late endorsee, mostly because he was Jeb’s client, but she was strong for Alan West and Pam Bondi early on.

    This guy is pulling a stunt. I suspect Palin and her staff won’t take too kind to the bottom feeding. Had he legitimately sought an endorsement through her PAC, it might have turned out differently.

    But then, he wouldn’t be wearing the clown shoes in this race, would he?

  • Steve

    What a fraud!

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  • Jose Deleopardo

    This should be an arrestable offense, what kind idiots does this fraud think we are?!

    • maryyooch

      Palin is the one who should be arrested!
      Mainly for Sedition and Treason against our President.
      Yes, he is OUR PRESIDENT!

      • Pavlos

        Really, Maryyooch?! You should post on

        Sedition: The Sedition Act of 1918 was an Act of the United States Congress that extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds. – Treason: The betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.

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  • Fred J

    This type of tactic in seeking an endorsement from a popular political figuire like Ms Palin really “goes to character” as my father used to say. He is hurting his chances rather than improving them.

  • S. Klein

    If what you say, Javier, is true — Harrington is leading in the polls — then she might well be the nominee. I heard her on the radio once. She is a good speaker Whoever is the nominee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz needs to go along with her boss in the White House. Nonetheless, I am not in the district so my vote does not count.

    I want to address a couple of points in this piece.

    1) Because Kaufman and Wasserman-Schultz are both Jewish I am not sure it is any more bigoted for Joe Kaufman to say “It takes a Kaufman to beat a Wasserman,” than for example it would be for Allen West to say, “It takes a West to beat (liberal Congresswoman Corrine) Brown” were they competing within same district. Maybe ‘sexist’ but not bigoted in my opinion.

    2) Kaufman has been on the front lines fighting the global and the domestic (stealth) jihad. I have read his articles in a prominent national and international on-line publication that focuses on foreign policy, the “war on terrorism,” the Middle East, Israel, etc. He’s been a guest on Fox News on national security matters.

    I am guessing Kaufman was one of those who led the effort to keep Council on American-Islamic Relations activist Nezar Hamze from membership (committeeman) in the Broward County Republican Executive Committee. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror-finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation.

    Where is or was Ms. Harrington on this critical national security issue? I hope she supports Kaufman’s efforts, at least in this regard, notwithstanding the apparent clumsiness Mr. Manjarres points to here in this instance; if in fact it is an improper act, I do not have all the facts other than what I am reading here. Little doubt, Gingrich, Bolton and Palin (featured in the video above) are at least slightly acquainted with Kaufman’s work in behalf of national security as a counter-jihad activist and writer.

    As I say, I haven’t a vote in the district.

    • Javier Manjarres

      No one is taking away from Joe’s strong position on Israel,and Islamic fundamentalism.

      All of the points in this article are fact. These are Joe’s videos and fundraising letter.

      • S. Klein

        I listened to a Jan. 22, 2012 interview Jason Marshall did with Joe Kaufman and Karen Harrington.

        At approximately 49 minutes, 30 seconds into the interview, Kaufman was asked about Iran, Israel and the Palestinians. Kaufman spoke of the Obama administration’s warnings to Israel to not attack Iran’s nuclear sites, even as Iran threatens the US and Israel. He indicated that both factions of the Palestinian leadership (Hamas and Fatah) are dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Approximately 92 minutes, 6 seconds Karen Harrington was asked about Israel, the Palestinians Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, etc. She said Israel must always remain our strongest ally in the Middle East. She did not however address the issue of the Palestinians.

        President George W. Bush (I voted for him in 2000) made the establishment of a Palestinian state in Israel a formal goal of U.S. policy, early October 2001 – only days after the 9/11 attacks – thus undermining his own doctrine, “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.” To my knowledge, Bush altered decades of GOP policy which opposed the creation of a Palestinian state in Israel.

        “We oppose the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Nor will we support the creation of any political entity that would jeopardize Israel’s security.” (1992 Republican Party Platform)

        President Bush codified this new policy in our national party platform, August 2004 over the objections of Texas delegate to the national platform writing committte, Christian conservative, Cathie Adams. Kaufman seems to oppose this new policy turn. I wonder where Harrington stands.

        Do you know?

    • Ann

      Where was Joe when the Palestinians were yelling Jews go back in the ovens on Broward Blvd? It came down to a fist fight in the streets. Only Javier,Allen West,Joyce Kaufman and a few older ladies were at that corner to confront them. Where was Joe? He was nowhere to be found? What about the time in Miami when The Palestinians were protesting in front of the Israeli embassy and Javier, Joyce Kaufman and others confronted them and another fight broke out! Where was Joe again when the real SH*T hit the fan?! Joe Kaufman hides behind his lawyers and is a big mouth chicken Sh*t!!! Please…

      • S. Klein

        Don’t know. I’ve got his “Joe for Congress” e-mail address. I will ask him. I watched Tom Trento’s (United West) video of this Ft. Lauderdale protest. I saw the woman yelling, ‘Jews go back to the ovens…’ I did not see a fist fight or a report of a fist fight.

      • S. Klein

        One more thing. You say Joyce Kaufman and others were out there confronting them. If Joe Kaufman “hides behind his lawyers and is a big mouth chicken Sh*t,” why did Joyce Kaufman endorse Joe Kaufman for Congress?

  • Carlos

    May sound anti-Semitic but I’m not, so I don’t care. There really are dumb Jews, who knew?

    • JewFish

      What does religion have to do with intelligence?

      That is a dumb and insulting comment and I am personally offended by that.

  • ME

    Sorry, Joe is “WACKO” Joe, what is wrong with you….have no no brains ?

    • Tina

      Joe is a MORON!

  • Pete

    This guy is a total moron, he should know better than to associate himself with Sarah Palin. After she spent the last 3 years giving people the false impression she would be seeking the nomination, she then withdrew her name after milking supporters for millions of dollars. She doesn’t have much influence anymore, and the few loyalists who still support her are totally nutters, they are going to attack Kaufman over this issue! This is a no win situation.

  • Preston

    How can we trust this guy to represent us in Congress if he cannot tell the truth as a candidate ? I used to like the guy but now I have to support Karen. She seems to be the only one with real credibility.

  • District 20 Voter.

    This guy Kaufman is soooooo DESPERATE! What a looser…

  • Very Conservative

    This is wrong. We need men and women of integrity in the Congress. Incidentally, didn’t Radel do the same thing by falsely claiming a Connie Mack endorsement on youtube? If its a real endorsement, it should come from the person doing the endorsing, not from the candidate.

  • David from Israel

    Even if I was “Mickey Mouse” and I told Sarah Palin I was running against Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sarah would say the same thing to me that she said Mr. Kaufman. Palin did not know this guy at all. This guy is a PUTZ!!!

  • Nezar Hamze

    Joe K has spent the last ten years of his life perfecting this sleazy tactic of manipulation. I am surprised that he actually stepped so low as to use this for his campaign. This is exactly what he does with the Muslim community. I’m sure the Palin group is as disgusted as the rest of you regarding this cheap parlor trick.

    I will make sure to notify the rest of the conservative candidates to Joe Kaufman’s strategy. You guys should do the same.

    Now you guys know what the Muslim community faces when Joe K propagates his baseless garbage.

  • Sarah

    Joe, I take back my statement. – Sarah Palin

  • ME

    Was this really Sarah Palin responding ?

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