Monday, June 18, 2007

SD-3: "What else are they going to lie to them about?"

"Well, they're lying to the folks in Dixie County about their water and their roads. What else are they going to lie to them about?"
These words were written by Beverley Wiskow of Inverness. The target of her ire? The Republican Party of Florida. According to the Gainesville Sun :
Dixie County officials said they were upset and confused about the motives of the Republican Party of Florida this week when it sent out oversized postcards urging residents to vote for Charles Dean for state Senate District 3.

Even local Republican officials were unsure what the mailing was supposed to accomplish.
Seems the RPOF mailed fliers into Dixie County stating that:
Cross City has water "unfit to drink" and so some people are being "forced to buy bottled water."
The fliers went on to say:
that "good, functional roads are a basic need that is just not being addressed in Dixie County."

The problem with these fliers? They are untrue!

So Beverly Winskow wrote to the Gainesville Sun and started her letter with these words:

One voter observed, "Well, they're lying to the folks in Dixie County about their water and their roads. What else are they going to lie to them about?"
Folks, this is a great way to blast back at the Republican smear machine. Cross City City Manager Mike Cassidy said the mailing was inaccurate. Again, per the Gainesville Sun:
(Cross) City and Florida Department of Environmental Protection records show that the city's water is drinkable....Cassidy said, "but our residents deserve the truth in all matters and this has led people to believe the water was undrinkable and that is not true. And no one is being forced to drink bottled water. "

So the RPOF is lying to Dixie County residents about their water. What else are they going to lie to them about? Here is the principle for Democratic candidates. Once you catch the Republicans in a lie, keep hammering it home. If they lied to you about this, what else are they going to lie to you about?

But the Republican Party of Florida was not content to lie about the water in Cross City. They had to go and lie about the roads in Dixie County too. The following was also reported by the Gainesville Sun:

(Dixie) County Manager Arthur Bellot said county officials and the Florida Department of Transportation have absolutely addressed road issues in the county by including money in their 2007-2008 fiscal year budgets for improvements on all of the roads listed in the Republican mailing.
Democratic candidates should make this their mantra
If they lied to you about this, what else are they going to lie to you about?

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Good catch Gatordem!

Eddie said...

Despicable. Have the Florida Republicans really slumped that low? Their antics would be comical if the repercussions weren't so serious.

Someone should really make the effort to document all the instances of FL Republicans pulling things like this and list them online in one place with links. That's got to help in 2008.

gatordem said...

Eddie,

Keeping track of all the sleaze put out by the Gopers is a really good idea. That way, when they start lying in this cycle (and you know they will), we'll already have examples of where they've lied in the past.

I like it!

Eddie said...

Gatordem,

Should we solicit members for a committee/separate email list to tackle this issue from the Florida Netroots group?

We could contact previous Democratic campaigns to help with the research, too.

gatordem said...

Eddie,

I'll put it out to the Florida Net Roots mail list as well as the Florida Kossacks mail list to see what kind of response we get.
I'll also contact the state party and see if they already have something similar going on.

Tally said...

My wife and I live in SD3. We are both registered Democrats but have received FOUR targeted mailouts on this race supporting Dean. The Repubs are spending a fortune on this race.