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Fake attack launched against Deborah Cox-Roush



More ugliness in the race for Florida GOP chairman: Someone has fired off an e-mail purportedly from Mothers Against Drunk Driving urging Republicans to oppose the candidacy of Deborah Cox-Roush because she was busted for DUI in 2004.


An excerpt: ...So many give lip-service to the life & death issue of drunk driving.  This woman was a mature adult (in her 50s) when she was finally arrested, which signals a potentially very serious problem (See official MADD statistics below.)  She was twice the legal limit at the time of her arrest!  It is extremely unlikely this was her first foray into the world of drinking and driving.  Her alleged continued drinking at GOP events is the most disturbing aspect of this situation!  Apparently she has even publicly made jokes about drinking from her own podium locally in front of hundreds of witnesses, even after her DUI.  The mere possibility that she may be a repeat offender should disqualify her from consideration by any thoughtful leaders....

The e-mail included no name, came from a gmail account, and sounded a bit overheated for a professional organization like MADD, so we checked with MADD.

"It did not come from us,'' said Todd Rosenbaum, Florida executive director of MADD, noting that as a 501c(3) the group steers clear of politics. "That comment is not authorized by MADD. We take no position on this person."

This is just the latest tactic that stands to backfire and help drum up enough sympathy votes to ensure Cox-Roush wins.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:26am]


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