A new mailer from the Republican Party of Florida touts Charlie Crist's endorsement from the National Rifle Association. "Charlie Crist proudly defends our Second Amendment rights,'' says the mailer, which features photos of the candidate for governor holding a rifle.
This would be a smart, targeted mailing had it landed in the mailbox of a conservative Republican, or perhaps a rural Democrat. But it came to diehard Democrats in the state's liberal stronghold of Broward County.
"For us, this is a persuasion piece in favor of Jim Davis,'' said a puzzled Dan Reynolds, president of the Broward AFL-CIO.
Some Broward Democrats also received another mailing from the Republican party that calls Crist a "pro-family conservative'' who opposes same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and abortion.
The GOP denied that the mailings were a mistake. "We are reaching out to all types of voters, regardless of their party,'' said party spokesman Jeff Sadosky.