Debbie Wasserman Schultz Speech Canceled After Mitt Romney Supporter Throws Hissy Fit

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South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is one of the Democratic Party's fiercest defenders of Israel. She was the first Jewish congresswoman elected from Florida, she backed George W. Bush's hardline approach to peace negotiations in Palestine, and she was instrumental in the U.S. declaring May "Jewish American Heritage Month."

But apparently that wasn't pro-Israel enough for Stanley Tate, co-chair of Mitt Romney's Miami campaign committee and a member of the congregation at Temple Israel. Tate was outraged when he learned that Wasserman was scheduled to speak at the synagogue tonight. When the temple wouldn't allow him to give a rebuttal, he resigned.

Now the synagogue has canceled the congresswoman's speech. Oy vey. It's an election year.

Tate is the curmudgeonly old conservative philanthropist behind Florida's pre-paid college tuition program. He is also a national political player, advising both Bush presidents as well as Bill Clinton. His real estate development companies have erected condos across the state. He once said that his favorite childhood pass-time was "making money."

It's no surprise, then, that he's supporting uber-rich cardboard cut-out Romney for president. But even Tate's own synagogue was clearly caught off guard when he threw a hissy fit over Wasserman Schultz's scheduled speech.

Stranger still, Tate's explanation was that the congresswoman was the one playing politics.

"She's the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee," he told the Miami Herald. "The topic is the U.S.-Israel relationship. There cannot be any conversation on that topic, none, unless it has to do with the politics."

"I believe strongly that in a democracy people should be able to hear from and interact with their elected officials, which is why I gladly accepted Temple Israel's invitation to speak as I have previously to many organizations and religious institutions throughout South Florida," Wasserman Schultz replied. " It is unfortunate that some would allow politics to stand in the way of citizens' ability to interact with their representative."

The saddest part of syna-gate 2012 is that a 16-year-old girl was scheduled to speak before the congresswoman. The focus of her remarks: how all Jews should admire Wasserman Schultz for her achievements, even if they disagreed with her politics.

Free speech fail.

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You guys are nuts.  The facts are as follows: Stanley Tate simply asked to present a counter rebuttal to DWS's proposed speech.  Everyone knows DWS to be a stumper for the party, and that's cool even in an election year, but how about some balance?  Stanley asked to balance and the President of the Temple Mr. Ben Kuehne, a well known Democrat, refused to let Stanley speak, squelching his voice not hers (probably because Kuehne knew DWS to be no match for Tate).  In the end, the congregation decided no one would speak. Nonetheless, the story is spun that a rich old man silenced a young woman from Congress.  That is really not true and the spin is incorrect; he simply asked for an opportunity to respond, like all parties in any argument should be afforded.


In their climb to power the National Socialist Party, in pre-WWII Germany, would walk out of the Reichstag to disrupt those who tried to govern.  How can Mr. Tate employ similar tactics for Willard Milton Romney?  Disgraceful!


Wasserman-Schultz is an embarrassment to Florida and to the US.  She will apparently say anything, regardless of how silly to support Obama and her support for Israel is not GWB-ish, but borders on anti-American.  It is all well and good, though not patriotic, for private citizens to have political views that place America's best interests behind Israel, however, as a sworn government official, her obligation is America first.  Just as Bachmann violated her trust when she became a Swiss citizen, Wasserman-Schultz's Israel-first views are inappropriate for an elected official.


curmugeonly would appear to be a kind euphemism.

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