PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is arguably the most powerful woman in Florida politics, and that's exactly why Karen Harrington believes she can uproot Wasserman Schultz from her congressional seat.
"First of all, you're right. She is a strong advocate for the President, so we're going to tie all of his policies and her together, which have really not helped the economy grow," Harrington told Local 10's Roger Lohse.
Harrington grew up in Broward County. She lives in Davie, is married with three children, and owns two successful restaurants.
This is Harrington's second effort to beat Wasserman Schultz. In 2010, she received 38 percent of the vote.
Harrington believes she can win this time around because Republicans and Independents outnumber Democrats in the new 23rd Congressional District. She thinks the time is right for someone with her business background to go to Washington.
"I'm going to be able to reign in government spending. I know what it's like to manage a business and make a payroll and live within my means and I think that's a big concern for people in this district is our long-term debt and we have no budget moving forward," said Harrington.
"What's important is that we have a member of Congress who understands that we can't just balance our budgets on the backs of the middle class," said Wasserman Schultz.
Wasserman Schultz, a senior member of Congress and head of the Democratic National Committee, is proud of the platform she shares with President Barack Obama, and her work in Washington and closer at home for her constituents, including job fairs, small business workshops, and securing federal funding for projects in South Florida.
Wasserman Schultz lives in Weston and has three children. She was the youngest woman elected to the Florida Legislature in 1992 and first elected to Congress in 2004, where she sits on the House Budget Committee.
"The trickle down economics that the Republicans want to double down on, we've watched that movie, we've been through that and that's what crashed our country," said Wasserman Schultz. "I want to continue my work in Washington to make sure that I'm a strong voice for the middle class, so the bottom line is that if you work hard and play by the rules, everybody should have a chance to succeed. Not just the people who already are successful."
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