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Pitts and Lee Ad



A new radio ad has hit the airwaves in black communities that criticizes Jim Davis for voting in 1990 not to compensate two wrongfully convicted black men, Freddie Pitts and Wilbert Lee. Listen to Download pitts.wav. The spot was paid for by Coalition for Justice and Equality, a recently formed group financed by U.S. Sugar Corp.

The Davis campaign says the ad shameful and inflammatory. "This country has a race problem we need to talk about, but we don’t need people trying to further divide us," said U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville. "It’s dirty politics."

Pitts told the Times today that he did not participate in the ad, even though it implies he is speaking. (Technically, the ad says, "Listen to the words of Freddie Pitts.")

UPDATE: The Coalition responds Download cfje_aug_30_2006.pdf.

UPDATE: The Smith campaign strikes back with a statement from State Sen. Al Lawson of Tallahassee. In a press release, Lawson asks Jim Davis to "admit that he made a mistake, and apologize."

- Alex Leary and Jennifer Liberto

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:41pm]


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