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Wexler blasts GOP attack, defends Davis



U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, in a 2 p.m. conference call with reporters, criticized as inaccurate and naive the new ad (see below) lampooning Jim Davis' voting attendance and record of bill passage.

Wexler, D-Boca Raton, said Davis has passed five bills, not three as stated in the ad. One called on Saudi Arabia to eliminate anti-Western rhetoric from school texts. The bill had Republican support, including Rep. Tom Feeny of Florida. The other bill renamed a St. Petersburg post office in honor of local civil rights leader Morris Milton.

Still, five bills in 10 years does not seem like a terribly good track record.

Wexler, however, said Republicans in Florida clearly do not understand how congress works. "It shows a total lack of knowledge about how the business of congress gets done or doesn't get done," Wexler said. "The notion of attacking a Democrat like Jim Davis, who has served in an Republican-controlled congress, is absurd."

Wexler focused on only a small part of the ad. It mainly pokes fun at Davis' poor voting attendance. Wexler said before he started to run for governor, Davis had a sterling record. "You just can't be in two places at once and I think people understand that. When Jim was needed in Washington, he was there... ."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:32am]


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