Skip to comments.Gore says Miami Mayor Penelas betrayed Democrats [Sore-Loserman Update]
Posted on 06/06/2004 5:13:09 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
Gore says Miami Mayor Penelas betrayed Democrats
Former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore delivered a harsh message to Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, three months before he faces a U.S. Senate primary.
BY BETH REINHARD
Former Vice President Al Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential election by 537 votes in Florida, on Saturday called Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas ``the single most treacherous and dishonest person I dealt with during the campaign anywhere in America.''
The statement was e-mailed by a Gore spokesman in response to a Herald inquiry about Penelas's role in the 2000 campaign. Gore supporters say the vice president had counted on Penelas for a late boost in the Hispanic community, and the mayor did not come through.
The harsh remarks come just three months before Penelas faces a Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate. Gore's reproach could seriously damage the mayor's bid to succeed Sen. Bob Graham, since party loyalists tend to dominate turnout in a primary.
In a telephone interview Saturday evening, Penelas defended himself, saying he was ``by Gore's side from the very beginning.''
''Al Gore has a right to be upset about the election, but had he won his home state of Tennessee or West Virginia, we wouldn't be here,'' Penelas said. ``He also owes an explanation as to why he waited until the middle of October to engage in Florida.''
He said Gore has declined to return his phone calls to discuss the 2000 campaign.
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The Gore meltdown continues.
The big tent is fast becomming a medium sized tarp.
What a loon.
Gore managed to lose his own home state in 2000, so I have a question for you 'rats what have the Democrats of Tennessee learned about Al Gore since they elected him Senator that the rest of you Democrats in America are too stupid to understand?
(Mr. Penelas , it could have been worse.
He could have endorsed you.)
Mr. Penelas, it could have been far worse. He could have been your President right now.
Godspeed, The Dilg
Rats eating their own.
Unlike Clinton, Gore inhailed.
Penalas was in an impossible situation. It is my experience that when you try to sugarcoat sh**, and your audience knows it's sh**, they just aren't going to bite.
Note to Sore Loserman: GET OVER IT!!! YOU LOST!!!
1) Elian Gonzzlez: Clinton/Gore wanted to return the boy.
2) Alex Penelas stood at the courthouse steps and said "I will hold President Clinton and Janet Reno personally responsible if any action is taken to return this boy"
3) When the raid happened Penelas could not stop it.
4) When the election started, where was Alex Penelas? He was on vacation with his wife in Spain. He did not want to be here to help that dirtbag administration. He was nowhere in Miami. I know this because I live here and everyone in Miami knew what was going on.
I remember being in Miami Beach Monday night beofore the TUES. election and Gore was giving a speech. One guy was holding a sign that said "Gore really cared about Elian" I stood there pointed at him and just laughed.
Gore is bitter because Alex stood up to him and Billary and listend to his VOTERS. Good luck to you Alex Penelas.
What they did to Elian Gonzales was absolutly despicable. I didn't know this about Penelas. Good for him.
Al Gore is an honest face of a socialist, liberal, democrat. He either lords over you with a condescending smirk or reeks of bitter anger and envy if thrown from power.
I wouldn't vote for him to be the dog catcher, but I'm beginning to feel sorry for him.
Nothing nice about seeing someone totally losing his mind in public arena
Real good defense Penelas as your votes in the senate race dwindle.
I love the sound of 'rats eating each other in the morning!!
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