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Tea party, Americans For Prosperity launch efforts to back up Gov. Scott on high speed rail

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February

The South Florida Tea Party and conservative activist group Americans For Prosperity this evening launched independent efforts to stir up public support for Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion in high speed rail funding.

"We have watched over the past 24 hours as our Governor has been attacked because he has stood up to the Obama Administration and the High Speed Rail boondoggle," reads an e-mail alert by the South Florida Tea Party, which had a link where people could send a fax to Sen. Bill Nelson, who is taking the lead on a plan to circumvent Scott.

Americans for Prosperity, which has a large network in Florida, was urging members to call members of state and federal government and object to any deal.

"Unlikely bedfellows were made today when a group of 26 State Senators, including ten democrats and led by high speed rail supporter Paula Dockery, sent a letter to Obama’s Transportation Secretary asking him to circumvent Gov. Scott and send the dollars directly to a state commission created in 2009.  They noted that politics should have no place in the future of Florida’s transportation, but they are doing exactly that with this political power play to quiet your voice and that of your elected Governor."

[Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:34pm]

    

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