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GOP Candidate’s Photo Depicts Rep. Wasserman Schultz in Dog Collar

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Posted on May 15, 2012

This image of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wearing a dog collar appeared on candidate Ozzie deFaria’s website.

As if the Republican Party didn’t have enough female troubles already, a GOP congressional candidate might have added to them by posting a photo on his website that depicts Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wearing a dog collar. “Stop Barack Obama’s Biggest Attack Dog,” a large caption next to the picture reads. The website was put up by businessman Ozzie deFaria, who is running in the GOP primary in Florida’s 20th Congressional District for the chance to take on Wasserman Schultz in November.

The manipulated photo touched off heated discussion over how it may fit into the national narrative of the Republican war against women.

NBC 6 Miami:

Barry University political science professor Sean Foreman said it doesn’t do much for the Republican effort to woo women voters.

“There’s this so-called war on women. It’s probably made up in the media, and both parties want to exploit it. Little things like this don’t help,” he said.

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The Huffington Post:

DeFaria’s Republican primary opponent Karen Harrington, condemned his depiction of Wasserman Schultz in a dog collar.

“This adds to Obama’s narrative that there is a phony war on women. There is no place for this in the Republican party, and there’s no place for this in politics. America deserves better,” she told NBC 6 Miami.

When asked by NBC 6 whether his photo manipulation “crossed the line into poor taste,” deFaria replied, “Well, I mean, what do you mean, when she’s calling Tea Party racists, people that she doesn’t know.”

DeFaria has the endorsement of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), as well as Herman Cain, the former presidential candidate.

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By Leefeller, May 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Demeaning women is sexism, we disagree!

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By Leefeller, May 20, 2012 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

Sexism is one of the many problems we have in the alleged so great nation of ours called US, contributing to sexism and racism shows a littleness above and beyond the call of healthy society.

I find no comfort in seeing sexism anymore then when I see racism, both seem to have their pathetic hands in dividing the people, especially now with the Red State attack on women.

Disgusting practices such as this sexist depiction of a political women has absolutely no bearing, merit or reason behind it other then what it is, pathetic! Never discussing issues, is what obstructionists do so well, insult, belittle and divide, I see this as nothing new.

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By Leefeller, May 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Snide sexist remarks about women in general are pathetic in themselves, to denigrate women as has been done here by some posters suggests knuckle dragging is not a thing of the past.

Little different from the cartoon of a watermelon patch in front of the White House to this.

Russ Limbaugh is a rich pathetic celebrity, what does that make you as a ditto head?

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By Mona, May 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment

Once again, the Republicans reveal their truer persons, and in this case, they say more about themselves - and mostly as men, since most of them are men - than anything about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

One also sees what bonds them in their relationships with each other.  What makes them feel good about who they are and who their friends are.  What values a member of their countryclub must subscribe to in order to be ‘one of the guys.’

Well, hopefully his female opponent will win.

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By berniem, May 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

The only way that republican pols can stay connected with their base is to prove to them repeatedly and on an almost daily basis that they are indeed as ignorant, intolerant, bigoted, and, yes, STUPID, as they are! The greedy, rich guy faction of the party won’t say anything about making the party look bad so long as the rubes keep voting for them!

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By Marian Griffith, May 16, 2012 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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I certainly would call the picture tasteless in its implications, however it is not in my opinion sexist. The collar is not added because she is a woman but because the creator wanted to reinforce the ‘attack dog’ imagery that the text accompanying the picture mentioned.

Things change again, of course, if a similar image with a man as the subject would not have been made.

(and yes, the implication that this woman is a bitch is what makes the image tasteless, but that should go without saying)

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By M Henri Day, May 16, 2012 at 5:36 am Link to this comment

What’s the matter with you guys (and girls ; while at times it’s all too easy to determine the gender of a poster using a pseudonym, at others it’s not) ? If you checked out Mr deFaria’s website, you must have noticed that he’s not only a «Candidate for Congress», but also a «Conservative» and a «Job Creator» - and from the manner in which he addresses his readers, a «Patriot» as well ! How dare you attack a gentleman with such sterling credentials ?!!...


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By PatrickHenry, May 16, 2012 at 3:18 am Link to this comment

As a FOI, Wasserman maintains a position on almost every jewish American panel there is in government.  Fortunately she advocates continued U.S. support to the Palestinians starving in Gaza.

She is certainly on someones leash.

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By mrfreeze, May 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

OK Surfboy - You and I are obviously perverts….I was thinking the same thing. You made me laugh out-loud!!!!

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By diamond, May 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

The Republicans would have all women wearing dog collars and on leashes, if they could. For all kinds of purposes.

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