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What RPOF won't tell you about Bill McCollum

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Florida Republican Chairman John Thrasher sent a message to party faithful titled "Rick Scott" on Sunday night, blasting him (again) for invoking the Jim Greer scandal in the campaign. (See his message below.)

Scott's camp sought to respond, but the party refused to send the message, which says "denying the facts to paint a better picture of Bill McCollum is the wrong way to do it." (Read the whole thing here.)

Party spokeswoman Katie Betta explained the party routinely sends campaign e-mails to its list. But it also reserves the right to reject those "that contain personal or otherwise inappropriate attacks towards other Republicans." As for the e-mail from Thrasher, which contained some choice words, Betta said the chairman can send what he wants.

It's the not first cries of bias from Scott supporters. (See: in-kind contributions, RGA attack, etc.) 

And Thrasher's charade of neutrality is all but gone. On Sunday, McCollum thanked Thrasher for his help: "John Thrasher is officially neutral, but, you know, I know where John's heart is."

Here is Thrasher's e-mail to Republicans about Scott:

Fellow Republicans,

Over the last several weeks and in an escalated manner this weekend, Rick Scott has orchestrated a multifaceted campaign of misinformation in an effort to mislead Florida voters and confuse the facts surrounding the arrest and indictment of Jim Greer as well as the Party’s financial situation and preparedness to support our candidates as we move towards the November election.

The ads placed in newspapers this weekend, television advertisements and the stream of mail sent to voters by Mr. Scott alleging that Attorney General Bill McCollum acted inappropriately throughout the investigation, arrest and indictment of Jim Greer are untrue. Politifact has twice written that Mr. Scott's attacks on this issue are false and that their continued use appears to be an attempt at diverting attention from Mr. Scott's past legal issues.

As I have stated before, Attorney General McCollum, Speaker-Designate Cannon, Senate President -Designate Haridopolos and I stood up to Governor Crist and worked to remove Jim Greer as Chairman because of his mismanagement of the Party. When evidence of the alleged criminal wrongdoing Jim Greer has now been indicted for was presented to us, Attorney General McCollum acted swiftly to refer our findings to the proper authorities. Mr. Scott’s repeated attacks come straight from Jim Greer and the Florida Democrats’ talking points and seek to diminish and destroy the credibility of the Party we have worked so hard to rebuild following the Crist/Greer era. 

Additionally, Mr. Scott’s false rhetoric about the state of the Party’s finances and our ability to support our candidates demonstrates a disturbing lack of understanding of federal and state election law. Despite having to pay down a significant amount of federal debt inherited from the previous administration, the Party has nearly half a million in the bank to help towards our get out the vote effort. We plan to add a significant amount to that during our upcoming Victory Dinner. With more than 20 victory offices open, our field staff numbers will rival what we have had in presidential years and with the help of our friends at the RNC, NRSC and NRCC voter contact will be at levels we in Florida are used to and more. Absentee and early vote numbers currently on the books indicate that our voters are active and engaged in this election, and that momentum will carry over into the general election in November.

Had Mr. Scott chosen to join every other statewide candidate in our efforts to fundraise for the
Florida Victory 2010 effort, a strategic victory plan the McCollum Campaign has been involved with for nearly a year, he would be better educated as to the Party’s position headed into November and have a better understanding of specific resources the RPOF is able to provide various state and federal candidates. Instead, he’s chosen to criticize the Party with naive statements that are completely void of fact and reflect nothing more than his own failure to understand federal and state election law.

I remain hopeful that in the remaining days of this primary campaign, Rick Scott will begin to lay out a positive message for why he is running for the Republican nomination to be our next Governor, instead of continuing to release false statements regarding fellow Republicans and our Party. 


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:23am]

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