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Fla GOP chair candidate on "hateful and despicable" lies



Deborah Cox-Roush, candidate for Florida GOP chair, sent this to RPOF members today concerning the anonymous e-mail sent far and wide attacking her.
Ladies & Gentlemen: You may have recently received an email purporting to be from MADD Tampa at an email address of This email was sent on Tuesday, January 11th at approximately 9:24 p.m. This email is another example of the outrageous behavior exhibited by some individuals involved in the race for the Republican Party of Florida Chairman.


We want you to know that information contained in that email is patently false. The email contains lies and false statements and I am considering turning it over to an attorney to investigate the possibility of further action due to the libel and slander contained therein.

We have been in contact with MADD and this morning Mr. Todd Rosenbaum, MADD Florida, State Executive Director issued the following statement in an email to my campaign:
“Thank you very much for your time on the phone this morning.  As I stated in our earlier conversation, I wish to clarify that the email sent from the address is not an authorized MADD email.  The user of this address has no authority to represent MADD’s position on this or any other issue.  I have responded to that particular address to notify the user that we are aware of the misleading nature of their emails and to ask that they immediately cease purporting to represent MADD.
With regard to the issue contained within the email: as a non-profit organization MADD takes no position and in fact is prohibited from doing such.
I hope this clarifies our organizations official position, should you need any more information please don’t hesitate to call.”
Todd Rosenbaum
MADD Florida
State Executive Director
office (850) 983-6775
This is the most recent action in a long list of actions that have been executed by unscrupulous political operatives throughout this Campaign.   These accusations and the false information is certainly hurtful to me personally and to my family, but I can take it.   What I cannot tolerate any longer is the damage being done to the future of the Republican Party of Florida and to Republican’s in general across the Great State of Florida.
We must stand together and stand strong against these type of attacks, we can no longer tolerate the hateful and despicable spreading of lies and false information.
Please join me and let’s work together to rid the political system of individuals who would lower themselves to the level displayed in this most recent false email as well as the other false information that has been disseminated  by these unscrupulous operatives throughout this campaign.
I thank you for all you do, and I ask for your continued support. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:08pm]


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