FL-23: New poll shows a tightening race for Wasserman Schultz
Could Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) be in trouble? It seems like stretch to take out the chair of the Democratic National Committee, but a recent poll shows her Republican challenger, Karen Harrington, within 5 points, via Javier at the Shark Tank:
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz might want to consider heading back down to South Florida to defend her congressional seat if she’s hoping to get re-elected. Karen Harrington, Wasserman Schultz’ Republican opponent has just released an internal poll she commissioned that has her well within striking distance of Wasserman Schultz.
The Gravis Strategies poll of 385 likely voters in the Democrat-leaning 23rd congressional district in Florida has Harrington a mere 4.5% points behind Wasserman Schultz- within the 5% margin of error. The D+11 congressional district is in a traditional South Florida Democratic stronghold, but Republicans and Independents combined outnumber Democrats.
This race isn’t really on anybody’s radar. If you look at the Real Clear Politics information on Florida, seven House seats — FL-9, FL-10, FL-13, FL-16, FL-18, FL-22, and FL-26 races and the Senate race between Bill Nelson and Connie Mack are highlighted. The Cook Political Report has the seat listed as “Solid Democratic,” and at D+11, it’s hard to dispute that.
With that said, Wasserman Schultz has been one of the worst apologists for President Obama and her party. In July, Wasserman Schultz criticized Romney for off-shore investments. However, The Weekly Standard further diminished her already damaged credibility by noting that she invests plent over money in foreign firms.
Then in August, Wolf Biltzer schooled her on Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal, making her look absolutely foolish on national television. Later that month, Anderson Cooper corrected Wasserman Schultz’s misleading rhetoric over Romney’s position on abortion. And then in early September, Wasserman Schultz got into a spat with the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein over an alleged misquote. The only problem is that Klein, who produced the audio of the interview, didn’t misquote her.
Wasserman Schultz may win, but if this race is even remotely close, it’ll be because the people in FL-23 are tired of being represented by someone who is so clearly out of touch with reality.