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Rod Smith fires away at 'extraordinarily extreme agenda' from Republicans

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April

3064.smith_.jpgFlorida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith accused Republicans today of promising jobs on the campaign trail, but focusing on other issues in Tallahassee.

"I would like to find the person who said ... one of the forefronts of their campaign was, 'If I get to Tallahassee, I will reduce funding for the disabled in Florida.' Nobody did that," Smith said.

Instead of focusing on jobs and protecting home values like Republicans promised, Smith pointed to at least 18 abortion bills filed by GOP lawmakers. "There is such an irony to the tea party not recognizing that," Smith said.

Smith said he has been laying low inside FDP headquarters waiting to see what emerged in the session. In a lightly-attended press conference, he said Republicans are pushing a "extraordinarily extreme agenda."

"I've never seen anything like it," Smith said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6:50pm]

    

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