By Javier ManjarresAlthough it’s unlikely that Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would have publicly acknowledged that she was doing so, Wasserman Schultz has in fact been paying very close attention to Republican Karen Harrington, her general election opponent in November.
Now, the battle for the 23rd congressional district is effectively on.
Just moments ago, Wasserman Schultz released a fundraising letter to her donor base that referred to Harrington as a “Tea Party extremist” and lumped her in with in Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan and presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Harrington has been a thorn in Wasserman Schultz’ side this entire election cycle, as she has repeatedly called on the Congresswoman to release her income tax returns. Immediately after her primary victory on Tuesday, Harrington challenged Wasserman Schultz to five debates.
Wasserman Schultz also cited her concern that “there are more than 200,000 new people in our district. That’s 200,000 potential supporters who don’t know who I am, or what I stand for.”This fairly early “warning letter” to her base is very revealing as to Wasserman Schultz’ concerns about her re-election chances.
The majority of the two million dollars that Wasserman Schultz has raised comes from either PAC’s or lobbyists, whereas the $700,000 that Harrington has raised- minus about $15K from PAC’s- has come from individual donors.
Wasserman Schultz may very well be worried about her prospects for victory, as the newly drawn congressional district she is seeking re-election in contains a larger number of registered Republicans and Independents (combined) than Democrats.
You can visit Karen Harrington’s website here– www.karenforcongress.com
Here is Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s fundraising letter-
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