Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s very own scandal “Irani-gate” continues to simmer, as the Florida Congresswoman recently dodged questions regarding talk that she was for, before she was against new Iranian sanctions.
Word out of Washington, D.C., which the Washington Free Beacon first reported, is that Wasserman Schultz opposed, or as the Miami Herald reported, trashed the Senate sanctions bill when discussing the issue at the White House with some of her colleagues from the House Democrat caucus.
The Senate bill calling for new sanctions on Iran is a bipartisan effort, led by Democrat Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Here is the statement her congressional office put out regarding Wasserman Schultz’s support for new sanctions against Iran:
“Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been a strong supporter of sanctions against Iran and will continue to be. She has cosponsored and voted for the additional sanctions bill that has already passed the house. Currently, there is not a resolution on sanctions offered in the House. As soon as one is filed, she will review the language, as she does with any legislation and decide whether it helps to ensure that Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.”
Prior to Wasserman Schultz’s January 18th anti-Chris Christie press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and before the Shark Tank arrived at the event, the Miami Herald’s Political reporter, Marc “Frisbee” Caputo, spoke to Wasserman Schultz and asked her where she stood on the issue.
Here is how the Herald reported the conversation:
“It was a classified briefing in the situation room in the White House that the White House invited members over to. That’s what it was,” she said.
“You have everything else,” an aide chimed in.
Actually, I said, I didn’t have everything.
“And you have everything else,” said Wasserman Schultz.
The rest of the Q-and-A with the congresswoman, while amicable, was all bob and weave:
Q: Is it fair to say you had advocated…
A: It’s fair to say I’m not going to talk about a classified briefing in the situation room in the White House.
Q: Got that. Got that. But have you advocated to Democrats, either publicly or privately, not to back the Menendez measure…
A: What’s fair to say is I have done everything through my career to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon to match and will continue to have that…. I’m all done.
Q: No… Do you see a measure of irony in you saying Chris Christie is dodging questions [but] while I’m asking about this other issue….
A: I have been answering questions for 10 days. [Note: not really]
Q: But not to me….
A: You’ve been given the statement…. I don’t have anything to add.
Q: What’s wrong with Menendez’s [legislation]?
A: I’m not a member of the United States Senate. I won’t be voting on the Menendez bill.
Q: So you think it’s fine? You think other Democrats should vote for it?
A: I’m a member of the House of Representatives.
Q: But you’re the DNC chair, too.
A: Yeah. But I’ll be covering what I have a chance to vote on.
But just a few moments later, during the press conference’s Q & A, Wasserman Schultz refused to answer the Iranian sanctions question from Washington Free Beacon reporter, Adam Kredo.
At first we didn’t recognize Kredo, but later confirmed that it was indeed Kredo, who Wasserman Schultz shunned, twice.
As Kredo wrote in the Beacon, Wasserman Schultz did not have a problem bashing Chris Christie for avoiding the press during his visit it Florida, yet it is ‘Ok’ for the congresswoman to avoid answering questions from a particular reporter.
How do you think Wasserman Schultz would have reacted if Christie had dodged a reporter’s question? It is needless to say that, Christie would have felt the wrath of Debbie and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Here is Wasserman Schultz’s exchange with Beacon reporter Adam Kredo:
When asked Saturday morning at an event in Orlando if she would explain her anti-sanctions campaign, Wasserman Schultz demurred.
“Congresswoman, can I ask a question?” a Free Beacon reporter asked as she walked away from her early morning press conference.
“We just have to get to the car,” responded one of Wasserman Schultz’s aides, as the lawmaker herself stood silent.
“I have one quick question, I was curious about your position on Iran sanctions,” the reporter followed up. “I was curious if you might be able to talk to me for a second.”
“It’s nice to meet you,” Wasserman Schultz responded, patting the Free Beacon reporter on the shoulder before getting into a car.
She emerged from the vehicle less than five minutes later to do an interview with a local television station.
Wasserman Schultz again evaded the Free Beacon reporter’s questions during an afternoon appearance in Ft. Lauderdale, where she again criticized Christie for not publicly answering questions.
Here is the video we capture of Wasserman Schultz dissing the Washington Free Beacon reporter: