The highly anticipated debate between Republican candidates Donna Milo, Karen Harrington and Robert Lowry in Florida’s 20th Congressional District was held in front of a couple of hundred supporters and interested voters that showed up to see the candidates debate for the first time. Credit goes to the two GOP clubs – the Davie Cooper City GOP and the Southwest Broward GOP Organization who sponsored the event and need to be acknowledged for the high level of organization, preparation and professionalism they displayed in putting this event together.
The room had supporters from all three of the campaigns that participated in the debate. Fortunately, fears of unruliness that were rumored in the run up to the debate were disproven and the event was held without any incident. The debate kicked off as the candidates introduced themselves and stated their reasons for running for Congress.
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The first question asked of the candidates was that of party loyalty and commitment. Karen Harrington took a not so subtle jab at Robert Lowry when she told him that ”I didn’t have a political rebirth, or an epiphany.” This response was prompted by Lowry stating at speaking engagements that he wasn’t always a Republican.
Lowry’s website documents his ‘epiphany’- “A student of sociology in my early college experience, I was a committed liberal (as many students typically are) attending rallies and marching on Washington D.C. That was until travels to East Berlin, Prague, and other parts of Europe, opened my eyes to the dangers of socialism, causing me to take another look at my political commitments. I made a dramatic change to conservatism, and never looked back.”This salvo was the first of several by Harrington, including the reference in her closing remarks that she has raised more money than any other candidate in the race. This was obviously aimed at Lowry, since the Lowry Campaign has reported only $158 cash on hand this past reporting cycle, and yet they have oftentimes claimed ‘frontrunner’ status, since he has been in the race for 14 months now. The Shark Tank first reported this in a previous article, (Read more Harrington Qualifies in FL-20 Congressional Race)
However, these mild criticisms could be the calm before the storm as rumors and speculation about Robert Lowry’s credibility and character could come into question in the very near future.
Rounding out the debate, each of the three candidates were asked the same questions, and each gave a fairly similar answer to each of them. The Shark Tank was there to video the whole debate, but because of time constraints, we will not be posting the entire debate, only its highlights.
At the end of the debate, it was clear that the candidate that outshined the field was Donna Milo. Milo was articulate, well-versed on the issues, and spoke with the utmost confidence and passion when answering the questions. Karen Harrington did very well, also showing great confidence and passion, but seemed a bit nervous and stumbled a bit on a couple of the questions. Robert Lowry displayed his knowledge of some important issues and his likability, as he tried to engage the room with friendly banter. I think Lowry finished a close third to Harrington because of the fact that many felt Lowry conducted himself unseriously during the debate, as he used tiresome sarcasm and jokes in almost all of his answers, not to mention the fact that he made a couple of off color remarks that some might consider inappropriate for a Congressional debate.
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