Presidential candidate threatens Florida orange juice boycott
Obscure presidential candidate Fred Karger (who's not so obscure to escape the Truth-O-Meter) is calling for a boycott of Florida orange juice due to the state's decision to move up the the primary.
"Florida is jeopardizing the most important decision we make as Americans every four years, the election of the President of the United States," he wrote today in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Dean Cannon and Secretary of State Kurt Browning. "By violating Republican National Committee rules and choosing January 31, 2012 for Florida’s Presidential Primary, you have created havoc in the Presidential selection process.
"As one of these candidates for President, I cannot sit idly by while the state of Florida threatens the entire selection process," he says.
Unless Florida moves the date back to March, he's threatening to launch a boycott of Florida orange juice. He's given the men until Nov. 1.
Full letter below.
October 19, 2011
Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Florida State House Speaker Dean Cannon
1992 Mizell Avenue, Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32792-4117
Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning
Florida Department of State
R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Re: Potential Boycott of Florida Orange Juice
Florida is jeopardizing the most important decision we make as Americans every four years, the election of the President of the United States.
By violating Republican National Committee rules and choosing January 31, 2012 for Florida’s Presidential Primary, you have created havoc in the Presidential selection process. Florida has gained nothing by moving its primary date forward and will remain the fifth contest. You have caused tremendous disruption and uncertainty in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Florida would rob voters of one of the most important tools they need to make an informed decision: time.
Voters need time during the coming months to fully vet all eleven serious Republican Presidential candidates. Florida would potentially rob American voters of two months of campaigning which only helps the frontrunner. As one of these candidates for President, I cannot sit idly by while the state of Florida threatens the entire selection process.
The 2012 presidential election is of extreme importance. Our nation is at a crucial juncture and Florida’s poorly thought out decision is ill-conceived and un-American.
Boycott Florida Orange Juice
If Florida does not agree to move its primary back to its original date in March 2012 by November 1, 2011, we will officially launch a nationwide Boycott of Florida Orange Juice. We have the domain name, have begun developing our web site and have the ticking orange on our logo:
In my fight for civil rights over the last three years, I have led four national and global boycotts. I was involved in the Anita Bryant inspired Florida Orange Juice Boycott in 1978, and am keenly aware of the economic pressure that boycotts wield. I have begun speaking with Republican and political leaders in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. There is tremendous interest in our possible boycott.
-- Alex Leary and Lou Jacobson, Times staff writers