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Greer accuses Democrats of 'partisan witch hunt' against McCollum



RPOF Chairman Jim Greer has jumped into the Bill McCollum controversy and just accused the Florida Democratic Party and CFO Alex Sink of a "partisan witch hunt."

From a news release: "As the statewide leader of the Democrat Party, Alex Sink should immediately call upon the Florida Democrats to stop their political witch hunt against Florida’s Child Predator Cybercrime Unit,” Greer said in a statement. “The Attorney General has put together an effective program that has been endorsed by several organizations.”

Over the past several days, Alex Sink – through surrogates, the Florida Democrat Party, and Democrat-led activist organizations – has orchestrated an effort to destroy the credibility of the Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Child Predator Cybercrime Unit to further her own political agenda.

“The only people they hurt here are the millions of families across the state who are trying to protect their children from sexual predators,” continued Greer. “It is shameful that the Florida Democrats are playing politics with the well being of Florida’s children.”

The Florida Democrats have launched a number of inaccurate public attacks against the public service announcements currently airing statewide to advertise the services of Florida’s Child Predator Cybercrime Unit. In her capacity as Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink herself approved the funding for the PSA’s at the root of the Florida Democrats unwarranted attacks.

“Before I read one more news story criticizing this noteworthy and time-tested program, I demand that Alex Sink explain why she authorized funding for the Cybercrime ads that her Party seems intent to destroy, and how any Florida Democrat can face the people of Florida and say ‘I don’t believe protecting our children from sexual predators is an appropriate allocation of state funding gained through settlements paid by companies found guilty of defrauding Florida consumers.’” 

UPDATE: Democratic spokesman Eric Jotkoff: "It's disappointing that Republicans including Bill McCollum would rather defend Republican waste, fraud and abuse of our tax dollars than standup to protect Florida's children. The attorney general has wasted $1.4 million of our tax dollars on ads that promote himself rather than public safety, produced by his partisan political consultant through a no-bid contract."

Says Sink spokeswoman Kyra Jennings: “CFO Alex Sink is critical of no-bid contracts, and feels that a $1.4 million no-bid contract to Attorney General McCollum’s political consultant for ads featuring Mr. McCollum is not the best use of state funds."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:33pm]


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