Sen. Paula Dockery releases a statement on the latest news coming out of the Republican Party of Florida:
just disclosing what they knew to be wrong and getting the issue past
us, the old guard of the Republican Party of Florida, including some
elected leaders, is now staring at serious federal and state
investigations as we move into the final stretch of a very important
election cycle. During this election where the GOP should have the
people behind us and the Democrats on the run, we are bogged down with
this embarrassing albatross of financial corruption and we are becoming a
If Bill McCollum and other establishment Republicans had shown the slightest leadership and called for the RPOF to come clean, this disastrous situation could have been avoided or we could have put it behind us by now. Instead, we are suffering death by a thousand cuts as each day brings new revelations of outrageous financial mismanagement and downright corruption.
We’re supposed to be different.
As Republicans we believe in fiscal restraint and personal
responsibility. But in an effort to protect a few bad actors, the party
leadership decided to circle the wagons, and by doing so, painted the
Party in a very unfavorable light. The existence of a severance
agreement signed by high-level elected officials is deeply troubling and
highlights the extent to which efforts at transparency were thwarted.