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Connie Mack campaign: Tampa Bay Times and Adam Smith are lefty pinkos



A letter/press release from Connie Mack IV campaign manager Jeff Cohen:

July 16, 2012
Tim Nickens
Editor of Editorials
Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

To the Editor:
That the Tampa Bay Times didn’t endorse Connie Mack’s campaign for the U.S. Senate came as little surprise to anyone yesterday. It also came as little surprise that you readily endorsed incumbent liberal Senator Bill Nelson. After all, barely a day goes by when Adam Smith or someone on his staff doesn’t attack Connie or doesn’t protect Bill Nelson. It’s who you are.

Adam Smith and your newspaper have been waging a tireless campaign against conservatives and Republicans. You always have and apparently you always will. It’s evident in every political story you write.

Connie has crisscrossed the state for months working tirelessly to meet voters and express his ideals even though you snidely suggest in your editorial that he’s coasting along doing nothing, and even while Bill Nelson barely campaigns.
Your attacks on Connie are reminiscent of your brutal attacks on his father when he ran for the U.S. Senate. It’s fair to state that former Senator Connie Mack was perhaps the finest U.S. Senator to have ever served, but your Left Wing venom could not be contained then or now.
It’s your newspaper and it’s your right to cover or manufacture news however you like. 
But what people find offensive and intellectually dishonest is your refusal to admit that Adam Smith’s agenda is Left Wing and Democrat, as is your newspaper. You have and will endorse Bill Nelson and Barack Obama in spite of the fact that their records are dismal and they have failed Floridians at almost every level.
You oppose the Super PACs because finally the courts have said that your newspaper cannot have a monopoly on speech in the Tampa market. Finally free citizens banding together can speak to the principles and ideals you abhor and censor. You can no longer silence truth. And your endless angry and ridiculous and left wing ranting is an embarrassment to you and your readers.
If Adam Smith weren’t so obviously in the tank for Bill Nelson, it would have been quite peculiar that your newspaper endorsed one of Connie’s little known and poorly funded challengers.
Adam Smith and other liberal Democrats are rightly scared that Connie will defeat Bill Nelson. I assume your readers understand that Adam Smith will use your paper’s endless assets to attack, mock and to try to torpedo Connie’s candidacy.
It’s the Tampa Bay Times’ right to be the National Enquirer of Florida politics. And it’s Adam Smith’s 1st Amendment right to attack Connie, so long as he doesn’t cross the line of slander or libel, of course.
But at least Adam Smith and the Tampa Bay Times should have the decency to admit they are Left Wing Democrats whose circulation is declining because their Left Wing agenda is offensive to so many rational conservative voters.
Your readers deserve at least that much.
Jeff Cohen
 Campaign Manager

[Last modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 3:00pm]


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