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Florida Democratic Party News Clips — February 15, 2013

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THE PAST CONTINUES TO HAUNT THE RPOF --- AND IT SCARES THEM

Guilty Plea Leaves GOP Saying, 'Whew!' [Tampa Bay Times] "This was going to be oh so much more than a trial. The promised courtroom drama surrounding disgraced former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer held out the salacious allure of big shots behaving badly. Then Greer, who was facing charges of fraud, money laundering and theft, had to go spoil all the fun by pleading guilty to everything. And yes, that Category 5 rush of wind that just blew the roof off your house was the collective sigh of relief of past and current Florida Republican politicians who were dreading what Greer's trial might have exposed about what claims to be the party of family values."

 

Only After Greer Fell Did GOP Speak Up [Orlando Sentinel] "So Jim Greer pleaded guilty — and now the former chair of the Republican Party of Florida probably will slink quietly away to prison. This allows Republicans to publicly crow about what a bum he was while privately rejoicing that he didn't air their dirty laundry. Yes, the same guys now tripping over one another to call him a louse used to defend his louselike behavior when he was doing their bidding. "

 

Jim Greer Whistleblower Blasts Campaign Finance Bill Over Loophole [Tampa Bay Times] "The man who blew the whistle on former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer is now calling foul on House Speaker Will Weatherford's self-described campaign finance reform. 'It's the same old money laundering and money hiding approach that's been in place as long as I can remember in Florida politics,'' said Allen Cox, former vice chairman of the Republican.”

 

THE HEADLINES KEEP TRICKLING IN FOR RUBIO

Rubio's Rebuttal Was a Disaster for GOP [Florida Voices] "If Marco Rubio is the savior of the Republican Party, members of the GOP should start looking for their lifeboats. The performance by Florida’s junior senator following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday was an epic failure.”

 

Reports: Marco Rubio Selling Florida Home [Politico] "Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) - who boasted in his State of the Union response that he still lives in the working class neighborhood where he was raised - might be movin’ on up. The possible 2016 presidential contender has listed his West Miami, Fla., home for $675,000 and is reportedly looking to move his wife Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio and their school-aged children into the Washington area, ABC News reported Wednesday.”

 

MEET THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE FL DEMS FUNDRASING TEAM

Ron Klein and Andrew Weinstein Join Florida Democrats to Help Defeat Rick Scott [FlaDems.com]

I couldn't be more excited that Ron and Andrew are coming on board. They're proven fundraisers and longtime veterans of Democratic campaigns. And they're just as focused as I am on defeating Governor Rick Scott and electing Florida Democrats in 2014, 2016, and beyond.” – Chair Tant

 

FL CONGRESSIONAL DEMS LEAD ON DEFECIT REDUCTION 

Gang of 32: Murphy Leads Bipartisan Group of House Freshmen Calling For Deficit Reduction [Palm Beach Post] "Saying they are 'committed to a new era in Congress where bipartisan solutions are the norm,' newly elected U.S. Rep.Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, and 31 other freshmen from both parties joined today to endorse a bipartisan statement of principles on reducing the deficit. Murphy and Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., organized the group, which includes 21 Republicans and 11 Democrats."