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Tom Lee: It would be "political suicide" for Fla GOP to release credit card statements



TomLee Former state senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, had some interesting insight as a panelist on WEDU's Florida This Week program this weekend. Lee was among the legislative leaders who used to have a party credit card, and he suggested typical voters unaccustomed to the way politicians raise money might be less than inspired if they learned what was on people's party-issued credit cards and how political elites operate.

"I think the Crist campaign or emissaries of his campaign leaked these (Marco Rubio credit card statements) knowing the damage it would do and they in doing so threw the whole party under the bus frankly,'' said Lee, noting that Crist received plenty of party resources himself. "As much as the public may not appreciate  learning this, this is the way Democrats and Republicans - not just in Florida but throughout America - raise money. It is not a pretty party of the political process, but (it's wrong) to single out Marco Rubio or to single out Republicans. I think some things that went on under the leadership of Jim Greer at the Republican party of Florida are unconscionable.

"You just can't explain what's on any of those cards, Democrat or Republican, when people are losing their jobs in America and we're at double digit unemployment. To put that out in the public right now  would be political suicide. If the FDLE wants to get into it, I'm all for that. If the IRS wants to get into it, I think that's appropriate."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:29pm]


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