Karen Harrington’s Campaign Manager, Anthony Bustamante, Heckled Ozzie DeFaria during the debate.
In what comes as no surprise to those who know that Congressional Candidate Karen Harrington is paying blogger Javier Manjarres to attack her opponents, the Shark Tank just released an article talking about Ozzie deFaria’s debate performance at the Miami Tea Party last night. (It must be about the 20th time Mr. Manjarres has attacked Ozzie DeFaria.)
In what is both recurring and predicable, Mr. Manjarres continues to present half-truths and downright lies. Let’s examine some of them here, since we have become the well-respected antidote to biased bloggers like Manjarres.
Manjarres loves to make hay of other candidates battling each other. This time he directed his attention to Mr. Kaufman’s and Mr. DeFaria’s scuffle about whether Joe Kaufman received an endorsement from Herman Cain. Fact #1: Herman Cain has not issued an “endorsement” in this race. Cain has named both deFaria and Joe Kaufman to his Army of Davids. Cain has also asked people to support Mr. Kaufman in a video. Those in politics know that when someone issues an endorsement, they use the word “endorsement.” Anything short of that is not an official endorsement.
Fact #2: Karen Harrington supporters (about 30-40) were in the room of about 70 to 80 total people. They could be easily identified by the shirts they were wearing. Patrick Castronovo, Ms. Harrington’s field coordinator, and Anthony Bustamante, her campaign manager, were among the chief hecklers. Manjarres writes: “deFaria was then jeered, and someone from the audience called out “talk
about your arrest record.” That person was Anthony Bustamante (picture left), Karen Harrington’s campaign manager, who yelled out “What About Your Arrest?” So while Mr. Manjarres acts like he doesn’t know who the heckler was, it’s clear that he knew it was Bustamante, who travels with Harrington and Manjarres frequently. This is conduct quite unbecoming of a campaign manager. The moderator did not let Mr. DeFaria answer the question because of time constraints, so DeFaria answered the charge during his time during the next question. DeFaria said “Let’s Talk about the arrest.” He said “I have never shown any violence to any woman and I will stand by that to my grave.” Let’s remind everyone was again that the case against Ozzie was dismissed…as in thrown out. In the United States, you are, after all, still innocent until proven guilty.
Fact #3: When Kaufman was talking about someone buying the election, he referred to how someone can buy it with their own money or with loans. This was a reference to Karen Harrington’s loans and well as Mr. DeFaria’s large personal contributions to his campaign. We wouldn’t expect Manjarres to point that out.
Fact #4: Mr. DeFaria’s use of the word “asshole” was his quoting of a Harrington supporter that heckled Mr. DeFaria during the debate by saying “You’re an asshole” to Mr. DeFaria. Mr. DeFaria simply said “I was called ‘asshole’ by this nice young lady.”
Mr. Manjarres’ article then ends with his typical method of complimenting Harrington and the other candidates while attacking DeFaria, whom the Harrington campaign must be the most concerned about. Let’s not forget that Mr. Manjarres stated that both Gineen Bresso and DeFaria could be “democratic plants” in his recent article. Manjarres has tried to butter up Garcia and Bresso in the hopes of interviewing them and making them look bad. Garcia fell for it and did an interview with Manjarres which only made Garcia look bad. Bresso is smart enough to avoid interviewing with someone supporting her opponent.
As an aside, Manjarres has a lot of nerve to say that Bresso, who served as the General Counsel of the Young Republican National Federation, is a Democratic plant. Given that Harrington only became a Republican days before filing to run for Congress, we think Manjarres is exhibiting what Sigmund Freud would call a “psychological projection”. According to Wikipedia, it’s a “psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people.” [Our Aside is hereby ended]
In this latest article Manjarres claims that “Harrington had a solid debate, and Bresso, Garcia and Kaufman turned in very respectable performances as well. … [but that] Ozzie deFaria’s performance was simply embarrassing and reinforced the perception that he is not ready for prime time.”
What a shock coming from someone getting paid by Harrington!
All in all, the debate was pretty much a waste of time. There were very few people in attendance who didn’t come to the debate supporting a candidate already. The Harrington campaign was up to their old tricks, having hecklers in the audience disrupt the proceedings so that Manjarres could write something negative about Harrington’s opponents.