Meet The Lady Running Against Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz!

Meet The Lady Running Against Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz! Image

For those Americans who are tired of hearing the shrieky, shrill voice of DWS and hearing the absolute nonsense that flows freely out of her mouth each time she stands in front of a camera or holds a microphone to her face, here is our chance to send her home with a pink slip.  Karen Harrington has decided she is the woman to take on Debbie and it’s time to highlight exactly who she is. H/T to Hot Air!

Meet Karen Harrington, the Republican challenger who, in 2010, nearly beat Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a 2:1 Democratic district. Accustomed to comfortable margins of victory, Wasserman Schultz was surprised a year ago when Harrington pulled in nearly 40 percent of the vote. Debbie Downer is liable to be still more surprised in 2012 because Harrington has mounted a second campaign against the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman — and she’s ready to do definitively what she nearly did last time.

“We are more than sure we can win,” Harrington said yesterday in a private conversation at BlogCon2011.

When Harrington treks door to door through Florida’s 20th district, her potential constituents often ask two things: (1) Is she a politician? and (2) Is she a lawyer? Harrington is neither. Voters are happy to hear it. They’re even happier to hear what she is: a small-business owner, wife and mother of three children. She also happens to be a three-time cancer survivor — but that crops up in conversation only if an adroit question elicits it.

She’s lived in South Florida ever since her parents moved to the Sunshine State from Massachusetts in 1969 — and her family and she have been in business for themselves for almost as long — 37 years. Today, at the helm of three homestyle restaurants, she and her younger sister employ about 100 people. That means she knows firsthand how government helps or hinders the efforts of job creators.

Like so many conservatives, she grew concerned about the direction the country was headed after the 2008 elections — and, when she looked at her own Congresswoman, she saw a person who didn’t reflect her principles of hard work, free enterprise and a focus on family. So she searched for someone who might be able to successfully challenge DWS — and found that person in herself. She didn’t necessarily want to run — but she also didn’t want to have to tell her children someday that she could have done something to stem the growth of government and restore freedom to individuals and didn’t.

Competitive by nature, she invested herself completely in the 2010 race — and was strongly backed by her family. A week before the election, she was disappointed that she had to miss one of her then-13-year-old son’s baseball tournaments. As she took him to the airport, she apologized to him for it. Her son answered: “Mom, just beat her.”

That sentiment among her family — and in Harrington herself — remains unchanged. She’s undaunted by the outsized personality Wasserman Schultz brings to any race she enters.

“Debbie’s an unusual character,” Harrington says, “[but] I just have to be myself. I think that will resonate with voters. Most of all, Americans want the real thing. They’re looking for that honest, good American who’s not afraid to stand up to government or [her] own party.”

“Honest” isn’t necessarily the first adjective that comes to mind to describe Wasserman Schultz, who frequently unfoundedly maligns her political opponents. She’s been known to say, for example, that Republicans are anti-women. Harrington is living proof that the GOP is anything but.

Harrington also happens to have a warm relationship with Rep. Allen West, who notoriously called Debbie Wasserman Schultz “not a lady.” In contrast to his strong censure of DWS, West has expressed his eagerness to “lock shields and hold swords” with Harrington in the fight against big government. Harrington also snagged Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s former campaign manager to aid in her election effort.

Even with the backing of family, rising GOP stars and a solid base of supporters, though, Harrington hasn’t taken a bit of the campaign for granted, devoting long hours to the effort. As a restaurant owner, she’s used to working days, nights, weekends, holidays, whatever. She doesn’t dring coffee — she’s a true Southerner in that iced tea is her caffeinated beverage of choice — but she stays “up” with exercise. (To the embarrassment of her children, she says, she especially loves to dance.) Most importantly, she reminds herself repeatedly of  how much she loves her country and of how much she wants others to have the opportunity she had to achieve the American Dream.

“My passion is my love of my country, my love of the American Dream and opportunity and being able to give that to the next generation,” she said. “We are such an amazing, great, exceptional nation and, every day, I wake up and know how blessed we are to live here. Our opportunity is limitless — and the threat that someone is trying to take that away from us is upsetting. … I want to make sure that’s there for everybody. That’s what fuels me.”

For those of you who feel strongly about this particular run and would like to connect with or donate to  Karen Harrington’s campaign click here.

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • Tom

    I hate how when you go to the Town Hall Meetings with Debbie Wasserman Schultz and disagree with her, you are asked to leave by the BSO Deputies. If you refuse, you are arrested.

  • bobby

    dws has done a grt job in our community and stood up for the rights of all in her community esp. causes specific to women and children. it troubles me that somethings said by KH is purposely misleading like when she says that DWS claims that GB created hamas. this is not even close to what she actually said. to sum up, she said you can't contol what a country chooses after a democratic election like choosing hamas. im voting for whats been working and hopefully continues DWS!!!

  • Darin

    Every kid needs at least one real good belt wacking in their lives. It builds character.

  • Dan

    Karen Harrington equates beating children with belts as a way to build integrity in our children. Watch the clip below, is this really who we want representing us???

  • Rippy

    One of the fastest rising leaders in South Florida. This is someone who has more than shown what she can do from an organizational and financial aspect. Born leader! Born winner! Never takes NO as an answer. If you want to be fair, this is someone who makes this region of Florida a much better place!

  • Esther

    For years my son has been subjected to DWS coming to speak at his school. He has disagreed with just about every word to ever come out of her mouth. Only in elemantary school, he had enough sense to realize that her philosophy was that of running a nanny state. If a young boy can see this on his own, surely, adults should be able to see it. My son is now in high school, and has found a perfect way to do his part…he is a volunteer for Karen's campaign. He is passionate about firing Debbie!

  • thomas

    DWS said it is wrong to ask for identification of someone VOTING in this country. There is only one reason she would complain about that. It is called cheating and voter fraud.

  • gene

    she has my support! DWS needs to be defeated.

  • Keith Brock

    I will be contributing to HER campaign. You have a choice to make your voice heard as well. Send this lady a few dollars and tell friends about her. If she gets enough hands they will lift her up to victory and she will be as light as a feather! Make her fly! Help her.