By Javier Manjarres
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and had to undergo a double mastectomy to treat the disease. Dealing with Cancer is a very sensitive topic for all of us who have been affected by it, so lets tread lightly.
Earlier today, Congressional Candidate Karen Harrington, who is running for Congress to unseat Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, took issue with the fact that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz was “exploiting” her cancer survival story to fundraise for the Democrat National Commitee (DNC).
Harrington did not hold back her thoughts when she stated that “Debbie’s exploitation of her past condition is nothing less than despicable, and a shameful attempt of pandering to the emotions of everyone who has had a family member, a friend, or associate, affected by this deadly disease.”
It’s a no-brainer to assume that Harrington’s outrage at Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz actions are based on the fact that she is also a cancer survivor. Harrington, who has had three different bouts with cancer mentions her cancer survival on her campaign website, and she occasionally mentions it during campaign events.
While Harrington’s mentioning of her cancer survival on her website could also be considered a form of exploitation, Harrington has not attempted to promote her political agenda by sending out a fundraiser ask to constituents that references her past battle with cancer.
Here is Harrington’s press release-
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has shamelessly gone to far in exploiting her past bout with Breast Cancer. Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz recently sent out an fundraising letter for the Democratic National Committee, saying that “this fight is personal to me” and that “I want to do everything I can to protect the health care of every American.”
“While my sympathy goes out to her and other women who have, and are currently fighting all forms of Cancer, the Congresswoman is wrong to exploit her cancer story by asking her constituents to “Donate $3 or more today to make sure Romney and Republicans can’t take away our health care.”
Debbie’s exploitation of her past condition is nothing less than despicable, and a shameful attempt of pandering to the emotions of everyone who has had a family member, a friend, or associate, affected by this deadly disease.”-Karen Harrington
Here is last weeks email donation ask that was sent out by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her roll as DNC Chairwoman-
Weeklystand In an email with the subject title “This is personal,” Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz relays her own story to help raise funds for her party. “In 2007, I heard the words no woman wants to hear: ‘You have breast cancer,’” the email begins.
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
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