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Eric Lynn touts support from Obama, who has not endorsed him over Charlie Crist



Last week, the White House released a statement saying President Obama will not takes sides in the Democratic Congressional primary between Charlie Crist and Eric Lynn. Today, Lynn's campaign sent out a fundraising email based on Obama's neutrality pledge for that Pinellas County race:

From 2007 until last year, I had the honor and privilege to work for President Barack Obama.  I was proud to be one of the first hires for his historic Presidential campaign and I was honored to serve as a Senior Advisor on National Security in his administration at the Pentagon.  
This past week, I was flattered to see the supportive words from President Obama and the White House when asked about my candidacy for Congress:
"Eric was a trusted advisor on national security issues during the first campaign and at the Pentagon." 

I hope you'll join President Obama and put your trust in me as well.  Can I count on your support?
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Anyone receiving that email could logically assume Obama has endorsed Lynn. Not so. Here's the actual White House statement.

"The President is not going to get involved in this primary. Eric was a trusted advisor on national security issues during the first campaign and at the Pentagon, and while he has respect for both Charlie Crist and Eric Lynn, he is going to leave the choice between the two up to Florida voters."

And here is where we leave rooom for Lynn's campaign to express SHOCK that anyone might think that fundraising pitch is misleading:

"XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX," said Lynn campaign spokesman Bill Burton, Obama's former White House deputy press secretary.

UPDATE: Actually, we received this statement from Lynn: "I am proud of the honor and privilege I had in working for President Obama for eight years.  I am appreciative of the White House calling me a "trusted advisor," as are supporters of my campaign for Congress.  We understand that President Obama does not endorse in primaries, he has not endorsed in this primary, and we hope the people of Pinellas will trust me in the same way President Obama did."

[Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2015 4:23pm]


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