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Citing Florida ties to political tricks in N.C., Lenny Curry launches 'Florida Civility Project'



A secret Democratic plan to "eviscerate" Republicans in North Carolina may have gotten some inspiration in Florida -- and has given GOP Chairman Lenny Curry a platform to launch a project seeking more civil political debate.


The strategy prepared for Blueprint North Carolina has caused a stir in the state and has raised questions about the nonprofit's tax status. The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that another group, America Votes, claimed responsibility for the memo, which outlines steps to "eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern."

The document suggests links to Florida, referencing the Pink Slip Rick effort that uses aggressive tactics to confront the governor. There's a reference to "using wisdom from other states" including inviting the "FL minority leader up to brief us."

There is also polling from Project New America, which includes Florida Democratic Rep. Loranne Ausley as its southern director. (There's no indication from the leaked strategy memo that Ausley played a role.)

In a letter to "Florida conservative leaders" that a Repubiican shared with the Buzz, Curry writes: "Although the document specifically targets North Carolina Republicans, it exposes a much broader strategy by liberal activists that calls for using divisive tactics that are troubling and in direct conflict with the interests of all Floridians."

Curry makes a pitch for the Florida Civility Project, which he said would invite people to "join together and work toward common sense solutions through friendly debate and discussion, while avoiding negative attacks and the politics of personal destruction."


[Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:50am]


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