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Pro Rouson mailer misqoutes Bay Buzz



ST. PETERSBURG -- We here at Bay Buzz are flattered when others quote us, unless the quote is less than truthful.

Allchildrenmatterrousonaug20back_00 All Children Matter- Florida (an affiliate of a nationwide group of political action committees devoted to helping pro-voucher candidates get elected) sent out a mailer to District 55 voters this week in support of State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg. The mailers state Rouson supports lowering property taxes and cites a Bay Buzz item from July.

The Bay Buzz item stated that Rouson had asked Gov. Charlie Crist to call a special session of the Florida Legislature to deal with homeowner's insurance, the anemic state budget and the ongoing mortgage crisis during an election year in a post titled "Good luck with that, Rouson."

All Children Matter instead quote the item simply as: "Good Luck, Rouson."

Considering that Rouson has scored the St. Petersburg Times editorial board's endorsement twice, it seems odd that All Children Matter had to make up a quote.

But, apparently they aren't the only ones twisting the facts.

This is the second time All Children Matter has helped Rouson. During the March special election, the group sent out a series of three laudatory mailers for Rouson to voters at a cost of about $17,000. The mailers didn't even mention the voucher issue.

Rouson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, his opponent, Charles McKenzie, was more than happy to opine on the matter.

"Why is a group whose sole purpose is to support vouchers sending mailers on behalf of a candidate who no longer supports their agenda publicly?" McKenzie said in a statement. "Mr. Rouson is taking money and support from people on both sides of this issue and has been on both sides of this issue in a period of only a few months." 

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]


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