(Sunshine State News) — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be keeping a speaking engagement at a controversial Muslim organization next month.
The Fort Lauderdale Democrat reportedly was scheduled to keynote a fundraising banquet of EMERGE USA on April 21. The group is headed by South Florida attorney Khurrum Wahid, who has a history of associating with organizations linked to al-Qaida and Hamas.
“There was a miscommunication, she is not speaking to the organization. We never agreed to do a fundraiser, nor this event,” Wasserman Schultz spokesman Jonathan Beeton told Sunshine State News. He did not offer an explanation.
Joe Kaufman, a Republican candidate for Wasserman Schultz’s seat, said, “I’m happy she decided to cancel, but she shouldn’t have accepted in the first place.