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Prominent Republican donor and campaigner calls on Turner to resign

Republican businessman Sam Rashid, a prominent backer of political campaigns, was among the first Tuesday to urge Hillsborough County Property Rob Turner to resign after his admission he sent dozens of pornographic emails to his former human resources director. Rashid issued his call in a comment string attached to the electronic version of a Times story about Turner's pornographic emails.

Rashid confirmed in an interview that he made the comment.

“This guy would be fired in any conventional job,” said Rashid, who supported Turner’s first run for office in 1996. “If he doesn’t quit, he’ll be a complete embarrassment to his party and to local politicians in his party.”

Rashid added he’ll be disappointed if the local party doesn’t ask him to quit. Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairman Art Wood said he would like to let the situation cool before commenting, considering Turner and his wife, Donna, are friends.

Turner admitted sending former Human Resources Director Carolyn Filippone more than 40 emails including pornographic images or links and that he had previously dated the woman in a story in Tuesday's Times. The emails were exhibits in a sexual discrimination complaint Filippone filed against Turner that was dismissed last month.

Turner fired Filippone Monday after the Times interview, saying it was because her discrimination complaint included several falsehoods. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:09pm]


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