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RPOF touting voter purge as governor's victory moment

17

July

Rick-scott-email-florida-grantedWith a heady surge of voter approval over his handling of the voter purge, and a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to give the state access to its immigration list, the Republican Party of Florida sees a message moment.

They want Floridians to spread the word that Gov. Rick Scott, whose approval ratings have been like quicksand, has had a victory.

In a letter to RPOF supporters today, Gov. Rick Scott does something rare in politics. He doesn't ask for money. Instead, he touts the "significant victory for the integrity of our election system" and asks people to spread the word on social media.

Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida sees the message as something else. "That certainly removes whatever veneer of non-partisanship was left on this affront to democracy and blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters they’d prefer not vote,'' he said in a statement.

Here's the email:

From: Rick Scott [mailto:RScott@RickScottForFlorida.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:55 PM
Subject: Victory for Florida's Voters 

Dear xxx,

This week, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted our state access to its list known "SAVE" (Systematic Alien Verfication for Entitlements). With access to SAVE, we can and will proceed with our efforts to ensure non-citizens do not vote in future Florida elections.

This commitment from the U.S. Deptartment of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for the integrity of our election system. I appreciate your support of my effort to protect the integerity of our voter registration rolls throughout the Sunshsine State. Will you help me share this victory for Florida voters? Here are three ways you can help:

Share this graphic with your Facebook Friends.

Tweet this graphic to your Twitter followers.

Forward this email to your friends.

Sincerely,  Governor Rick Scott  

Sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Not paid for at taxpayer expense.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 7:42pm]

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