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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-02-08 12:56 PM
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Wasserman Schultz insults FL Dem candidate...says "don't pull that populist stuff on me."
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She tells him he has not raised enough money for her to support him. He says he has raised $100,000, she says that is not enough.

Part of that money is ours, mine and my hubby's money. We have been donating to his campaign. He has hardly been mentioned in a major newspaper in Polk County where his opponent, Adam Putnam, rules the roost in every way.

This occurred at the convention. He eagerly awaited a chance to talk to Wasserman Schultz. He learned his lesson. Howie Klein at DWT asked Tudor if he could share this note he received from him about his convention experiences.

Let me share a note I got from Democratic candidate Doug Tudor with you. I begged him to let me publish it and he said ok. I've written about him before, back when he said that members of Congress who voted for Bush's warrantless wiretap FISA legislation had violated their oaths of office. He's a twenty-year Navy vet who's selflessly challenging rubber stamp Republican Adam "Howdy Doody Nimrod" Putnam in a district that mostly corresponds with Polk County east of Tampa, Florida. Unlike DWS' district (PVI is D+18), FL-15 is a tough, tough district for Democrats. In fact it was designed to give a Republican a safe seat (PVI is R+5). But Doug is putting up a strong and valiant fight.

I am beginning to feel much fear that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will probably be the next DCCC chair. It does not bode well for our party in the future to continue such thinking.

From Down With Tyranny

Doug Tudor's note to Down With Tyranny. Shame on you, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

One of the most satisfying aspects of my time in Denver was being able to see Democrats uniting together to help other Democrats. I received financial support from Congressman John Salazar (D-CO), Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL), future Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), as well as from convention attendees from Washington, Montana, North Carolina, and Florida. What I have not been able to do is to get Democrats from Floridas congressional caucus to risk offending their good friend, Adam Putnam, by contributing from their personal wealth or campaign accounts, or by endorsing me.

I, of course, was most anxious to meet and speak with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DINO-FL), who is chairing the DCCCs Red-to-Blue program. I just knew that she would welcome the chance to defeat Adam Putnam, as that would allow her lay sole claim to the title of Wonder Kid in Floridas politics. Adam, after all, isnt her next door neighbor. Once she comes onboard, I assumed, the other members of the caucus would lose their timidity and also support me. I was dead wrong, and I should have known better.

It is well known that Wasserman-Schultz supports Republicans Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen over their Democratic opponents, although lately she has been pressured into giving belated and grudging support to Joe Garcia and Raul Martinez who are opposing the Diaz-Balarts. I always figured that she was just afraid of the Hispanic backlash in her own district. What I hadnt considered is that she is just afraid of all incumbent Republicans in Florida. When I met her in Denver, she immediately told me that she couldnt support me, saying I hadnt raised enough money. I told her that I had raised $100K, that I was a military retiree, that my family is living on my wifes Air Force E6 pay, and that I wasnt able like other viable candidates to drop a quarter of a million dollars into my own campaign. I then told her, Congresswoman, I am one of those working-class guys that our party claims to represent. Her response was Dont pull that populist stuff with me. I thanked her for her time.

Like a slap in the face. Like a kick in the butt.

Thanks for trying, Doug Tudor, and thanks for letting Howie Klein share your correspondence. And thanks for "pulling that populist stuff" on Debbie WS,

Doug Tudor's website.

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