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Dueling statements put out today following Jim Davis' Pitts and Lee apology.

T Willard Fair: “Today’s announcement that Jim Davis finally admitted the mistake he made regarding the case of Freddie Pitts and Wilbert Lee seems to be done for all the wrong reasons, caving to political pressure instead of showing true remorse.  Did this come from the heart, or from the polls?  Attorney General Charlie Crist, while serving as a state senator, saw the merit in sponsoring compensation for the twelve years of freedom that Mr. Pitts and Mr. Lee lost, but Jim Davis only today apologized for his 1990 vote to deny them that compensation.  He’s said that he didn’t see enough ‘evidence’ to make the right choice, and that shows a true lack of understanding and respect for Florida’s African-American community"

Corrine Brown: "These days Charlie Crist spends a lot of time trying to ignore the past, but he can't ignore the fact that he was against affirmative action and, by his own admission prior to becoming attorney general, his strongest credential was that minorities paid him to represent them in court. This is yet another example of Charlie Crist trying to straddle an issue for political gain, instead of taking a stand. Until he started eyeing the governor's office, 'Chain Gang Charlie' had never done much of anything for people of color. On the other hand, Jim Davis is a champion of African Americans and people of all ethnicities. In Congress, Jim Davis has been recognized by the NAACP for his commitment to minority issues, scoring higher than even some African American members."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:45pm]


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