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Fla Dem Chair hits GOP chair for "sexist" attacks



The Republican Party of Florida has fired off a bunch of releases recently referring to Democratic Chairwoman Allison Tant as TANT RANT. Yesterday, the state GOP sent releases referring to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as "Debbie Dunce."


Sexist? Offensive?

Here's what Tant said yesterday: "What exactly is the Republican Party of Florida's problem with female politicians? From 'Debbie Dunce' to 'Tant Rant,' Lenny Curry and the RPOF has repeatedly attacked women in language that they would never use for a man," said FDP Chair Allison Tant. "This is mudslinging of the lowest order. Attempting to discredit female leaders by referring to them as 'ranting' or attacking their intelligence is offensive at best and sexist at worst. When the Florida GOP keeps resorting to juvenile and sexist name calling, it's hard to take their outreach to women seriously."

And here's what Democrats sent out today:

Six months ago Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry touted "a new Republican initiative" designed to promote "friendly debate" and avoid "negative attacks." Here's how the Tampa Bay Times covered it:

Curry makes a pitch for the Florida Civility Project, which he said would invite people to "join together and work toward common sense solutions through friendly debate and discussion, while avoiding negative attacks and the politics of personal destruction."
-- Tampa Bay Times, 2/27/13

It's clear now this was nothing more than a failed gimmick. The personal attacks against female leaders from the RPOF just keep piling up. Yesterday, RPOF attacked Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as a "dunce," while on Monday, they accused FDP Chair Allison Tant of "ranting." Indeed, the Florida GOP accuses Chairwoman Tant of "ranting" almost every time she expresses a poilitical opinion.

“Apparently, the Florida GOP isn't interested in having a substantive debate on the issues, but would rather call women names they would never use with a man. The juvenile name-calling must end. Insulting the intelligence of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz, a respected legislator and national female leader, crosses the line of acceptable political discorse," said FDP Chairwoman Allison Tant.

"Lenny Curry and the Republican Party of Florida should follow their own guidelines on civility," added Tant.

Fla GOP Spokeswoman Susan Hepworth responds: “The Florida Democratic Party is desperate to divert attention away from a solid week of failures and embarrassments in failed CFO candidate Allie Braswell, a disastrous Obamacare rollout, and no positive message to articulate on the issues most important to Florida voters – jobs & education. Their attacks are completely baseless and desperate and they are grabbing for any headline they can get. It’s now clear they will say and do anything to take attention away from the fact that Governor Scott has led on issues and Florida’s economy is on the right track.”

[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:59pm]


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