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Pot politics: FL GOP criticizes Dem donor Morgan for "sexism" over criticism of DNC chair


Image002Add a little marijuana to the "politics makes for strange bedfellows" cliche and this is what it looks like: The Republican Party of Florida is taking a measure of umbrage on behalf of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the way that major Democratic donor John Morgan criticized her over her comments about a medical-marijuana initiative he backs. (The background is here).

Bottom line of the RPOF message: Morgan's criticisms amounted to "sexism" for saying Wasserman Schultz was an "irritant" who is "disliked" and "despised" and that she should be a "bridesmaid" at the next wedding of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

This isn't so much about medical marijuana or even Morgan as it is about the governor's race and Democrat Charlie Crist, who works for Morgan and is running against Gov. Rick Scott. Crist has also ducked debating longtime Democrat Nan Rich.

"Coupled with Charlie Crist’s favorite put-down of Democratic opponent “God bless her” Nan Rich, Charlie’s problem with women just got bigger," the Republican Party said in a news release, which provided this quote from Chairwoman Leslie Dougher: “First, Charlie Crist dismisses life-long Democrat Nan Rich. Then, his most ardent supporter hurls disgusting and grossly sexist insults at Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not only are Charlie’s policies bad for women, now he and his cronies are openly insulting them.” 

Morgan says his criticisms weren't rooted in Wasserman Schultz's gender and that Dougher's comments are phony. "Sure she is concerned," he said. The GOP, for instance, said nothing in 2012 when Republican challenger Ozzie deFaria depicted Wasserman Schultz in a dog collar (his Republican opponents in the congressional race, however, bashed the imagery).

Last year, it was the Florida Democratic Party Chair, Allison Tant, who said RPOF was sexist for calling her comments a "Tant rant" and calling Wasserman Schultz "Debbie Dunce."

Polling also indicates Scott has a far bigger problem with women than Crist. Obviously, that can change.

For the GOP, the Democratic donnybrook also gives the party the chance to talk about Scott's raison d'être: Jobs. In the press release bashing Morgan's comments, it provided a graphic showing the change in female unemployment rates under Crist vs. Scott.



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Highly paid Republican operative

See we can try to take to advantage of nothing with the best of them...

ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters do not care for these republican party members sticking their nose into someone else's business. This Schultz lady is finally a party leader that speaks for the voters who do not want this drug proliferator or his scumbag former republican/independent crist as their candidate and will vote for the nancy lady if they have to. Democrat primary voters are disgusted that party leader preferred candidate status has not been removed from this most horrible crist who appears now to be a Trojan horse sent by republicans to ensure their victory and has now begun the much predicted campaign meltdown that this democrat primary voter has warned about.

It is even more distressing that party leaders have allowed this most horrible drug proliferator morgan into the picture as he offends democrat primary voters and others with his attempts to spread dangerous illegal drugs throughout this family friendly state which can harm our youth and result in adults with worthless lives. This is on top of this morgan trying to destroy our state's economy with his ambulance chasing running off good businesses and putting others in dire financial straits.


Wow! Charlie Crist so closely tied to someone who has waged a personal war against women... disgusting!

David J.

This is too funny.

A few words of wisdom to the young and inexperienced memes of Ms. Sellers over at "her" RPOF. When you see a man and a woman fighting your role is to stay out of it. Because once you insert yourself in the fight she will turn around and beat the hell out of you.

Stay out of this fight you idiots. For the love of God you have a Governor who is hanging on by his teeth and you feel this is important enough to warrant a comment. No wonder Lenny left.

Highly paid Republican operative

David we respect your opinion but we are smarter then you and the Boss approved!


Sexist? What he should have said bridesmaid or groomsman?

These anti-medical marijuana people have to be the most small minded people on the planet. Why do you care? It's not going to impact you if a person dying of cancer smoke a joint. Have some compassion for Christ's sake!

Anyways, this IS going to pass, and we WILL have medical cannabis in Florida. Register now to get in the business at our website.


the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana....changed the world

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions

Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever



One wonders how the Scott campaign calculated their numbers. Even if the % is technically correct, the statistic for the increase in jobs for women would likely be exactly the same now if in 2010 more Florida voters had voted for Sink instead of Scott.

The RPOF is crazy to think women will see their little graph and vote for Scott because of it.

Frank Mirabella

It's an idiot move for the Republican Party to enter into this dialogue. Anything that brings the public spotlight to this issue works for the Democratic Party. The more controversial this issue becomes, the more amendment supporters will show up to vote. The Democrats stand to gain the most from the higher turnout. My advise to republicans, of which I am one, is to keep your big fat mouths shut.


It's not sexism when it comes to Schultz, it's itism.

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