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John Romano: If you don't like this column, I blame my spokesperson



From Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano, who has had his fill of politicians in Florida dodging questions and leaving it up to their spokespeople to answer for them:

Et tu, Patrick Murphy?

You're a U.S. Senate candidate with a name recognizable in roughly 7.4 percent of Florida homes, and already you're hiding behind a spokeswoman's written statements?

Granted, I understand the embarrassment of preaching against our campaign finance system while your rich dad pours money into a super PAC supporting your campaign.

But you know what's worse than a hypocrite?

A cowardly hypocrite.

Seriously, why is it expected, and accepted, for politicians to duck questions and issues? When did the role of a spokesperson morph into the job of a human shield? Who thinks that hiding in a boardroom is a sign of leadership?

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It is November, 1863. The nation is bloodied and divided.

Imagine a spokesman appearing at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. because President Lincoln is worried about optics.

"Good afternoon. Eighty-seven years ago, a number of individuals got together..."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:11pm]


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