Bilirakis denounces Trump's words, not his candidacy, amid opponent criticism
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Palm Harbor Republican seeking his sixth term in office, has come under attack from his Democratic opponent, Robert Tager, who has accused him of failing to respond to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's 2005 statements regarding his treatment of women.
"After Six days of the video/audio tape of Trump saying that because he is famous he can do anything, even grab women by their p*****, and kiss them with out consent, our Congressman Bilirakis is still silent. He has not said a peep. Not a condemnation, nothing," Tager wrote on his Facebook page.
He's been calling for a response for a few days now, and criticized the Tampa Bay Times for not getting any comment from the incumbent.
Bilirakis did offer a reaction to the Times on Oct. 8, though, as the story broke. And his staff has resent it in case anyone missed it.
"Mr. Trump's statements are inexcusable and grossly inappropriate," Bilirakis said. "All people should be treated with dignity and respect. There is no excuse for his bad behavior."
The congressman declined to go any further though, when asked if he has changed his position on Trump's candidacy. Bilirakis has said he plans to vote for the party candidate, flaws and all, adding he will speak out when he disagrees with positions and statements.
He has not wavered since.