Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz celebrates birthday, steers clear of campaigning at Nova

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz celebrated at a major wing-ding on her 46th birthday — but the party wasn’t for her.

The Weston Democrat was the keynote speaker at the opening of Nova Southeastern University’s $50 million coral reef research center on Thursday — a spectacular facility built with $15 million from the Obama administration’s much-criticized stimulus program.

But in a room packed with NSU and Broward County power-brokers, many of them Republicans, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman and vocal Obama supporter cautiously avoided any overtly political statements during the university’s celebration. She did, however, make a subtle reference to the dysfunctional political atmosphere in Washington.

“I am reminded of what is possible when we all work together,” Wasserman-Schultz said. “Looking out at … the very bipartisan leadership of this institution, it shows you a community can come together and work together to make sure we do better for our entire community.”