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GOP attorney announces challenge to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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A Republican attorney who lost a state House race in 2014 announced that he will run for the Congressional seat held by Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston.

Marty Feigenbaum, a longtime criminal defense attorney in Surfside, is running in the Broward/Miami-Dade Congressional District 23. Feigenbaum lost a state house race to Democrat Joe Geller in 2014 in a Democratic district 38-59 percent.

"I do not accept contributions from special interest or any other groups or even individuals," Feigenbaum wrote on his campaign website. "I am totally self-funded."

GOP activist Joe Kaufman, who is most famous for being lampooned on The Daily Show, is also running in Congressional District 23 where he lost in 2014.

Wasserman Schultz is the Democratic National Committee chair and represents a district that has repeatedly voted for Democrats. That means the main contest in the race is the primary where she will face Nova Southeastern University law professor Tim Canova of Hollywood.

Earlier today, Canova announced that in his first quarter he raised $557,000. Wasserman Schultz raised $1.1 million through 2015 but her campaign hasn't said how much she raised so far this year -- the reports are due April 15.

Wasserman Schultz was first elected to Congress in 2004 and has never faced a primary challenger in her re-elections. President Barack Obama named her as his DNC chair in 2011 and he endorsed her last month.

The primary is Aug. 30.

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 5:27pm]

    

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