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Sen. Bennett's statement on "porn" viewing report

We're a little late posting this statement from Sen. Mike Bennet about the Sunshine State News report that he was caught looking at "pornographic images" during a debate over abortion restrictions on the Florida Senate floor:

“Last week, during final deliberations on the Senate floor to fulfill my sworn duty to do the people’s business, I opened e-mails sent to me and discovered one disturbing and offensive transmission that I immediately moved to the trash. 

"Unfortunately, this reality was not enough to dissuade an internet-based reporter from taking an innocent act – opening email -- and sensationalizing it into something it never was in an attempt to smear my reputation.  As for the reporter, his refusal to let the facts get in the way of a good story speaks for itself. 

"Anyone who has ever used email understands that you don’t control all incoming messages, and that subject lines often are used to mislead people into opening messages that defy decency.  This past week, I found out just how it feels when you’re on the other side of one.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:34pm]

    

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