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RNC, Greer blast 'bogus' Democrat lawsuit



The Republican National Committee and state GOP Chairman Jim Greer issued statements labeling a Florida Democratic Party lawsuit "baseless" and 'bogus" and noting that RPOF has no connection to a pro-McCain mailer at the heart of the lawsuit. Democrats allege that the mailer could be used in an effort to challenge Democrats' eligibility at the polls -- a charge Republicans emphatically deny.


"This mail piece has nothing to do with a voter's registration status -- it is a fundraiser that has been sent to Republicans from the RNC for over a decade," said RNC deputy press secretary Amber Wilkerson. "If it is mistakenly sent to a Democrat, they are removed from future RNC mailings."

Democrats Thursday filed suit in Leon County Circuit Court accusing the RPOF and Republican National Committee of an orchestrated campaign to challenge voters' eligibility at the polls Tuesday, in part by using an RNC-paid mail piece that asked older Democratic voters to "verify" their party affiliation by returning official-looking party affiliation cards to the party's D.C. headquarters.

"This is a bogus lawsuit and an attempt to distract voters from the real issues by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink six days out from Election Day," Greer said. “The facts are clear and we have already addressed them thoroughly: The mailer in question is not a Republican Party of Florida mail piece, plain and simple. It is a Republican National Committee fundraising mailer to which the Republican Party of Florida has absolutely no connection."

Greer added that the state GOP "has no intention of challenging any voter on the basis of foreclosure or this mail piece. As we have said before, the word ‘foreclosure’ is not in our vocabulary." Nor did the Florida GOP have anything to do with a mass vote challenge petition filed by Tony Wilson, the Republican candidate for sheriff in Glades County, Greer added.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:43pm]


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