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Wasserman Schultz Getting Chauffered By Broward County’s Republican Sheriff

by Javier Manjarres

Democratic National Committee Chair/Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is still basking in the afterglow of the Democrat Party’s state and national victories over Republicans just three weeks ago, but she’s been enjoying that victory lap just a bit too much.

As Wasserman Schultz traveled about the country either as DNC Chairwoman or as a member of Congress, the Broward Sheriff’s Office accommodated her travel requirements by providing her with taxi service from the Fort Lauderdale Airport to her house.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is currently run by Republican Sheriff Al Lamberti, but he will soon be replaced by Democrat Sheriff-elect Scott Israel. Wasserman Schultz refused to endorse Israel in his race against Lamberti which Israel won by almost seven points.

Sources on the Israel transition team have confirmed to the SHARKTANK that Israel reached out to Wasserman Schulz on several occasions and neither the Congressman nor anyone on her staff returned his calls. This same source also told us that “a letter Israel wrote the Congresswoman asking for endorsement and a photo together went unanswered.”

Isn’t it a bit odd to say the least that the Democratic National Chairwoman refused to endorse the Democratic Candidate for Sheriff in her home county?  Israel won the Democratic Primary with 69% of the vote in August. Many in Broward have long known Lamberti and DWS have had a cozy relationship, but now infuriated Democrats wonder if the free taxi service she was provided with was the primary reason why she refused to support the Party’s nominee in the Sheriff’s race.

Lamberti’s relationship with convicted Ponzi-Schemer Scott Rothstein and his associates were likely a drag on his re-election efforts,  as Rothstein raised $225,000 to elect Lamberti back in 2008.  Lamberti was probably also hurt by the endorsement of the South Florida Tea Party.  A spokesman for Israel confirmed that the new Sheriff would no longer be shuttling Wasserman Schultz to and from the airport or anywhere else after January 8th.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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19 Comments

  1. What goes around… Comes around! November 26, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I’m glad Lamberti lost! As A Republican I will never forget Al supporting (I)Charlie Crist over (R)Marco Rubio! Al was at every Crist event in 2010 and never went to a Rubio event to show support. Good bye TRAITOR! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  2. TT November 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

    That isn’t Taxi service….that’s protection Javier. We don’t need another Gabby Giffords incident here in crazy Florida.

    • Morstar150 November 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Yeah whatever! Just another benefit that taxpayers dole out to people who are supposed to work for us.

      And what’s with the Broward Tea Party supporting a candidate whose major supporters include convicted felons? Somebody please let Broward county secede from the state and nation.

    • robert November 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Please show me proof of this. Are you just making this up to get readers? if so, this blog sucks. SHOW ME THE PROOF

  3. Kathleen Smith November 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Why on earth would the DNC Chairman not support the Democratic candidate and new Sheriff in town? She should be ashamed of herself – and Lamberti continues to use BSO resources and cost the taxpayers money. You telling me that Wasserman Schultz can’t afford her own taxi? Ohh she would rather the taxpayers foot the bill. Typical politician.

  4. Liberty Belle November 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What’s up with Debbie Wasserman Schultz? How can she not endorse a Dem in her own town…. pathetic… Florida Dems should give Wasserman the boot!

  5. Liz November 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Debbie is a big girl and should be able to drive herself.

  6. John Casino November 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    They look kinda cozy in the picture, eh? Broward Sheriff types have been known to flip-flop their political affiliations. DWS is a thoroughgoing bottom-feeder who has garnered national attention as Obama’s attack dog. She felt Lamberti would win and wanted to be “in with the in crowd.” Good taste prevents me from saying what I really think here. Suffice it to say that both Lamberti and Wasserman-Shultz are despicable.

    • kerijay November 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

      You fail to see what’s on the inside.

  7. Farid Jejunum November 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Debbie Wasserman’s association with Al Lamberti will backfire like it seems to be doing right now. Lamberti formed a 527 and used it to collect a goodly portion of the $1.5 million he spend on his failed election bid. What you don’t see in the federal reporting requirements (the latest of which he has not filed) show that he doled out lucrative government contracts to the big contributors. He paid for his (failed) re-election with taxpayers money. Debbie Wasserman’s party is doing much of the same with Democrats spending money we just have to borrow from China and will take 500 years to balance the budget.

  8. Lamont E November 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Sheriff-Elect Scott Israel has got to be annoyed at Congresswoman DWS. I’d be. And ain’t it strange that a DNC Chair endorse a Republican? DWS is definitely reducing her chances for re-election by angering her Democratic constituency by being pals with pondscumsucker Al Lamberti. She should opt for transportation and security from the FEDS instead of the BSO. Isn’t the Sheriff’s office supposed to be above politics?

  9. Herald Hater November 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Debbie (I have the annoying voice of a pubescent man) Wasserman-Shultz will take a ride from anybody. Lamberti thought he was smart playing both sides of the aisle as he will provide a ride for anybody including convicted felon Scott Rothstein, you know the guy who provided Lamberti will the ill-gotten Ponzi scheme money that got him elected in the first place. Lamberti provided a marked police car to help the felon flee to the private airport with the bag of money. Lamberti soon will be gone. Will he emerge again on the dark side with Congresswoman Wasserman-Shultz? If the Feds to get him, he might.

  10. Charles Knechtle November 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I’m still amazed at how badly Karen Harrington did in the last election. That was pathetic. She must have spent her campaign money poorly.

    • Paul Goddard November 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Wasserman Schultz high profile as national Dem spokesperson along with riding on Obama’s coattails in Broward did the trick. Her internal polling indicated she would trounce Harrington by a wide margin anyway. That is why she can afford to associate with Republican Lamberti. She has the latitude. Her popularity within her district is high given all factors which include voter ethnicity, age and a host of other considerations. Lamberti lost because he has incredible baggage and was quite frankly lucky to have lasted this long without being thrown out.

  11. Milton Bershefsky November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Lamberti cut a sweetheart deal with Broward vendor Maroone to award big BSO contracts in exchange for “donations” given to Lamberti’s Federally created slush fund or ECO. Lamberti places well over a million dollars in ads and who paid for it? Ultimately the people of Broward. That type of behavior is why Lamberti is backing his bags and destroying incriminating evidence at his BSO office and refusing to let Scott Rothstein in for a transition. Lamberti makes me want to puke.

  12. Consuelo Parvus November 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    She looks sexy in her pink top with the sheriff’s star and her pants fit well. Why wouldn’t he give her a lift or two? He looks pretty good too in his green shirt, much better than the pictures with that white police shirt that makes him look fat. The article states she will not be riding anywhere on the lap of the new sheriff. She will need to get rides from someone else in her sphere of influence. The next car Sheriff Al rides in might be an F.B.I. cruiser when they pick him up after the investigation.

  13. S C Butler November 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Its a slap in the face for fellow Democrat Scott Israel. And a slap in the face of Broward Democrats. Wasserman-Schultz better distance herself from Lamberti. Why would she associate with Lamberti seeing as how he associated himelf with convicted criminals like Scott Rothstein and recently Bill Lewis?

  14. robert November 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    where did you see that she gets rides home by the BSO. Do you just make this stuff up? show the proof please.

  15. Johnny B November 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

    She’s a sitting Congresswoman and should get that type of treatment and protection. And it’s already been confirmed that she will get the same treatment from Sheriff-Elect Israel when he takes office! However, I do believe YOU are familiar with riding in the back of BSO patrol cars too (in handcuffs)! I also think it’s High-Time you take another ride in the back of one. You should be charged with “Being Stupid in a No Stupid Zone and placed in the bisexual/transexual/transgendered section of the jail! Really Douchebagger, what was the point of this story? A way to try to hurt another local Republican?? You are such a pathetic loser! You are not conservative, you are not a Republican, and most importantly you are NOT a journalist! Doopid!