April 6th, 2010
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Wasserman Schultz confirms threat, faces feisty town hall crowd

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN) - A top House Democrat, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, confirmed for the first time that she received threats in the days after health care reform was signed into law.

In an interview with CNN Monday, Wasserman Schultz said information about the threats were turned over to federal law enforcement officials.

The south Florida Democrat held her first town hall since the passage of health care reform.  At Fort Lauderdale's city hall, Wasserman Schultz Monday night defended the new law to hundreds of her constituents. The meeting turned rowdy after many of her supporters packed the auditorium, forcing dozens of raucous tea party activists and opponents of health care reform to stand outside of the venue.

One constituent accused Democrats of engaging in dirty dealing to get the law passed. Wasserman Schultz responded, "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."

soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Nick San Diego

    Thats how you handle obstructionists. Just push back. HARD.
    In time these reactionaries will see that this was a much needed law.

    April 6, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Expat American

    I hope that the authorities are monitoring the actions of the Tea Party fringe. Domestic Terrorists are no different than the enemies of the United States abroad. In fact, they are much closer.

    April 6, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    its so funny to watch these people deal with protesters, to listen to these people play victim you liberals are so funny! talk about a taste of your own medicine! lol you will soon find out the right does everything better than you guys!!!

    April 6, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Bill

    I find it funny that she tells the crowd "We're not here to discuss process"....The majority of this country didn't, and still don't, want this law but she and many other Dems just pushed it through anyway. I didn't realize communism had a process to discuss that she would feel the need to make that comment!!!!!

    April 6, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Abdal-Latif

    More proof of the craziness of these Tea Party people. They are angry, violent, racist whites who are angry about losing power in this society.

    April 6, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Dar

    No dirty deals??????????????? Then what should we call them, a compromise, a little scrach on the back, a pat on the butt. what do we call them Debbie.
    of course she doesnt want to discuss the process due to the fact that she knows it is wrong, if it were right right she would be happy to talk about it. Tramp!

    April 6, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Willy Brown

    Democrats = dirty deals.

    April 6, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    All these death threats have been coming from supposed "patriots" who wouldn't know democratic, Constitutional process if it bit them in the behind!

    These people who threatened our duly-elected Representatives are nothing but a bunch of sore losers who can't handle the fact that the Democrats are in power.

    I think all these yahoos should move to a country where leaders are decided by assassination and military coup, so they can gain a little perspective on how important it is to uphold the rule of law and respect the democratic process.

    April 6, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    after many of her supporters packed the auditorium, forcing dozens of raucous tea party activists and opponents of health care reform to stand outside of the venue

    Finally, someone's supporters showed up IN ENOUGH NUMBERS to drown out the rowdies in the minority.

    Thank you for not using the threats to get attention a la Cantor, Rep. Wassserman. Thank you for not being scared or coerced into NOT voitng for this bill. And thank you for setting the record straight vis-a-vis the so-called back room deals.

    Glad you're safe.

    April 6, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Emma

    I support Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She represents her constituents in a fair manner and is a super politician. Those Floridians need to support her, after all she geniuely has her constituents at heart when she votes.

    The old folks in Florida need to shut up! They get scared and never read the facts. They allow themselves to be fooled.........I hope I can still read and reason when I am older.

    It is sickening to see we don't read and learn for ourselves. We allow others to dimenish and tell us what we should find out for ourselves.

    Become an informed voter, you owe it to yourself and to our nation.

    April 6, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. aunt Bea and Opie

    Dont let them scare you Debbie.Florida,where even the gators are smarter than 50% of the voters.hahaha

    April 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Jo Jo

    Very good! I'm glad to hear the real constituents stood up to these so called tea baggers. That's what we all need to continue to do. Call them out for what they really are, hate mongering liars! There's only one way to slay a liar and that's by hitting them with the true facts. Let’s keep up the good work and not back down to these people.

    April 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Fitz In Texas

    Nothing new here. This is the way these Democrats roll, even "dirty dealing to get the law passed." And now they don't even slither away and try and hide their "dirty dealings."

    April 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    I like Debbie and I hope she remains SAFE while she tries to work with the WOLVES.

    Are these ’raucous Tea Party activists' in Debbie's district??? If not, then why are they there???? This is the same that went on in Nevada – Most of the protestors were NOT from Nevada!!

    Debbie has to answer to her constituents and her constituents ONLY. Those LOUD-MOUTH haters should mind their business and go back to their district!!

    April 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Sheila Fort

    Rep Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a fine young woman, and I'm appalled by her getting death threats! Am pleased as always though by her standing up to her opponents and saying what's needed to be said! Good for her!!

    April 6, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Tom in California

    Amazing!! Debbie Wasserman Schultz receives threats because she had the audacity to want health care coverage for all Americans. As if in wanting to provide health care coverage, she committed a crime!

    April 6, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Carmen

    I'm from South Florida and one of her constituents! Why did she refuse to face us before this was signed?? We begged for a meeting and she refused but had no problem going to California to be Pelosi's puppet. She is a disgrace to those who elected her. She does not have our interests at heart and does not care at all for those she is supposed to represent.

    She had that town hall packed with union thugs who were paid to attend. They are unemployed and needed the cash – it's the only way to get anyone who supports her there. Anyone who asked any question she didn't like was thrown out. She is horrible and I can't wait till November when District 20 will send her a very loud and clear message – never forget those you represent!

    April 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Mark from Louisiana

    How do loons like her get elected? Our country will go to crap with idiots like her in congress.

    April 6, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. cjr

    I don't consider the teaparty folks feisty – I consider them tools of the republican party – under educated – old, ugly and racist. not one of them can say anything rational – they just scream!

    April 6, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."

    I commend Rep. Wasserman Schultz on trying to explain the facts to the Tea Party crowd, but these people are immune to reason and logic.

    Hell, some of them actually think the new law includes a public option.

    April 6, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Bob

    I am happy about her victory over cancer, but that should not have hurt her hearing. Her constituants do NOT like obamacare. She just fell off the cliff with the other Dems. She should pay in November

    April 6, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Bob Pomeroy

    Thank you for making a firm and direct response to these spurious and false accusations. There is no need for innuendo.

    April 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. JURONE

    its the law people live with it there is nothing you can do about it..

    April 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    I wonder why we never hear from this witch when Obama is throwing Israel under the bus?

    April 6, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Hammerer

    Most of the Dem yes votes are hiding under a rock until the recess is over and they can get back to Washington. They refuse to face the voters and when they do they pack the hall with thugs from the local union and ignore questions about their record.
    And the Obama regime accuses Karzi of being corrupt.

    April 6, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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