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Will Florida Democrats apologize to Republicans?



Here's what Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff said in the Orlando Sentinel about that racist mailer that turned out to be the work of the trial lawyers, major Democratic (and Charlie Crist) supporters.

The Florida Democratic Party, though, blasted the mailer Monday as "race-baiting" and called on Republicans to condemn it.

"The Republicans behind the Conservative Voters' Coalition should be ashamed of themselves for their disgusting race-baiting, which is nothing more than gutter politics at its worst," said party spokesman Eric Jotkoff. (UPDATEHe did not back down Thursday. See below.)

RPOF spokeswoman Katie Betta: We are appalled, but not shocked that the trial lawyers, who have overwhelmingly supported the Florida Democrat Party and its candidates, were behind this openly racist mailer – a blatant use of the Republican indicia to imply an affiliation with the Republican Party. This mailer is a clear example of politics at its worst, and Chairman Greer  not only immediately condemned the mailer, but also utilized RPOF resources to ensure that voters in SD 8 were informed of the potential for voter fraud surrounding the despicable mailer.

We would strongly encourage Chairwoman Thurman and the Florida Democrat Party to apologize for attempting to tie this racist mailer to the Republican Party when, not only was a Democrat the front person for the organization, but the Trail Lawyers – an organization which openly supports the Democrat Party – were actually the financier of the mail piece.

Jotkoff did not back down Thursday. In a statement to the St. Petersburg Times, he said:

“We not only stand by our statement from last month that the ‘the Republicans behind the Conservative Voters' Coalition should be ashamed of themselves,’ but wonder why it took Bill McCollum a full month to condemn the mailer. Maybe McCollum thought it would come off as insincere given his record fighting against the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday while in Congress.

-- I would also note that it took Jim Greer a full 48 hours after we condemned the ad to do the same.

-- Republican campaign consultant Bill Helmich was the person that designed the mailer

--The lawyer that set up the group was a Republican as well."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:19pm]


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