ICYMI – check out this story from Palm Beach Post’s Christine Stapleton on RPOF’s presence at the Democrats annual dinner. And, if you’re covering this weekend’s events please use the following statement from RPOF Chairman Leslie Dougher.
STATEMENT FROM RPOF CHAIRMAN LESLIE DOUGHER:
“If Charlie Crist believes in transparency he will release his spouse’s tax returns like Governor Scott, Alex Sink, Jeb Bush, and Bill Clinton did. And if Charlie believes in transparency, he’ll stop dodging debates with life-long Democrat Nan Rich. The longer he waits to release his spouse’s tax returns and debate Nan Rich, the more it makes us wonder what he’s hiding.”
Where’s Charlie? Dems and Republicans question Crist’s absence at event
Palm Beach Post
June 28, 2014
Hollywood — The Florida Republican Party made an appearance at the Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue event this afternoon with a plane towing a banner chiding gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist for not releasing his wife’s tax returns: www.CharliesTaxReturns.com #WhatsCristHiding.
The plane buzzed the beach outside the Westin Diplomat Hotel, where the daylong event is being held. At a brief press conference by the pool, Republican Party chairwoman Leslie Dougher criticized Crist, a former Republican, for not releasing his wife’s tax returns, while Scott has released he and his wife’s return.
“What are you scared of?” Dougher asked. “The more you hide something, the more people want to see it.”
Dougher also criticized Crist for not appearing at caucus meetings throughout the day.
“It’s his party, supposedly,” Dougher said. “You would think he would want to be here to support his party.”
Crist’s opponent, Nan Rich, spent most of the day speaking at various caucus meetings. Asked what she thought of Crist’s no-show: “He’s not here. Says something when you don’t speak at caucuses.”
Democratic Party chairwoman Allison Tant dismissed Crist’s absence saying “a lot of people know Charlie and a lot of people are comfortable with Charlie. This is not his first statewide race.”
Caucuses of a diverse interests met throughout the day, meeting candidates and discussing issues. The veterans’ caucus unanimously agreed to endorse medical marijuana Amendment 2 on the November ballot.
Air Force veteran Christopher Cano, a medical marijuana advocate from Tampa, told the caucus at the Florida Democratic Party Leadership Blue event that cannabis therapy can be used to treat post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, pain and insomnia.
“This is not about people trying to get high, it’s about real medicine,” Cano told the group about cannabis therapy. “By time this meeting is over, one of our brothers or sisters will have committed suicide. When you vote yes on Amendment 2 you’re doing it because they need relief. By time this meeting is over, one of our brothers or sisters will have committed suicide.”
Tant unveiled the party’s new high-tech fundraising effort. The smartphone initiative allows donors to contribute to the party by texting FIELD amount YOUR NAME to 41444.