By Javier ManjarresEmbattled Republican congressional candidate Ozzie deFaria and his campaign continue their downward spiral as additional news outlets are catching on to what the Shark Tank first reported back in February- deFaria “doggy” tactic that inadvertently fuel the phony “War on Women” narrative of President Obama and the Democrat Party. Like a true political amateur, deFaria decided to photoshop a dog collar around Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s neck, and while being videotaped said that “we need to send her back to the pound.”(VIDEO)
deFaria is not a savvy communicator or politician, and his lack of judgment is proof positive of this. NBC ran a story regarding “Doggy-gate” where they polled South Floridians on whether they believed deFaria crossed the line. 85% voted in favor of deFaria’s actions- proof that Wasserman Schultz is highly unpopular, but he certainly aided his own cause by pleading with his followers skew the poll result in his favor prior to the newscast. The poll was put up by NBC6 three hours before the newscast began.
Now deFaria is promoting the poll but not publicizing what was said in the newscast or on NBC’s blog.(NBC Post)
Barry University political science professor Sean Foreman said it doesn’t do much for the Republican effort to woo women voters.
“There’s this so-called war on women. It’s probably made up in the media, and both parties want to exploit it. Little things like this don’t help,” he said.
“This adds to Obama’s narrative that there is a phony war on women. There is no place for this in the Republican party, and there’s no place for this in politics. America deserves better.” – Karen Harrington
Yes, deFaria sees this as an upside for his campaign.
deFaria ‘fast and loose’ campaign is now trying to capitalize on his disastrous mistake by accusing Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz of using the Huffington post, who picked up the story as well, to attack him. The HuffPo stated deFaria’s mention of Congressman Allen West as well as his endorsements from Herman Cain, Senators John McCain and Richard Burr.
Each of deFaria’s endorsees were contacted for comment about deFaria’s tactics, and they uniformly expressed complete disbelief at deFaria’s actions and side-stepped the questions. Cain spokesman Mark Block offered no comment about the dog collar incident. Senator McCain’s office was also surprised but referred the matter to the Senator’s PAC for comment. Senator Burr’s spokespeople were floored, and judging by the looks on their faces, they were regretful that the Senator had obviously endorsed deFaria without fully vetting him.Numerous Members of Congress who are now aware of deFaria’s actions have expressed displeasure towards deFaria’s poor judgment, some saying that his candidacy has become a joke that is not exactly hiding its desperation. Senator Marco Rubio scoffed at deFaria’s antics as did Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who has sided with Harrington in saying that there wasn’t room for this kind of behavior in politics- at least not for Republicans.
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