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Posted on 10/16/2002 11:58:54 AM PDT by PhiKapMom
McBride caught up in incendiary scandal
Bush Co-Chair Blasts McBride for Refusing to Condemn Remarks From Supporter Who Compared the Bush Family to Bin Laden and Called the Bushs Godless and Neo-Nazis
McBride Says to Judge Him by His Friends, but Again Shows He is Unwilling to Cross His Special Interest Supporters
TALLAHASSEEBill McBride often says that Floridians should judge him by his friends. Recently, one of his friends made a series of vicious, personal attacks against Gov. Jeb Bush and his entire family, comparing the Bush family to the bin Laden family and calling the Bushs neo-Nazis. When given the chance to condemn the attacks, and show that he is willing, and has the courage, to stand up to those who support him, McBride said nothing, demonstrating once again that he is unwilling to contradict the special interests running and funding his campaign. In fact, McBride has yet to even once take a public position contrary to those of his biggest backer, the teachers union, suggesting that as Governor, he will simply follow their lead.
According to todays Washington Post, McBride recently appeared on the radio program of former Miami-Dade NAACP chair Rev. Victor Curry. On the air, just before McBrides interview began, Curry verbally assaulted the Governor and his family, at one point saying that the Bush family and the bin Laden family were business partners seeking to profit from war.
Curry could be heard on monitors around the small building saying that he would support a dog rather than Jeb Bush. As for President Bush, he should be impeachedfor treason, the Post reported. Curry went on to say of the Bush family, These people are on a neo-Nazi, right-wing mission against the American people. He concluded calling the Bush administration a Godless, wicked regime.
And what was Bill McBrides response to all of this? Instead of condemning the remarks, McBride instead praised Curry. According to the Post, Minutes later, McBrides gentle drawl came over the radio, assuring Curry that, as governor, One of the people Im going to listen to is you. Later, the candidate insisted that he had heard none of Currys remarks.
Even when pressed by the Post about the remarks, McBride refused to condemn or even repudiate them and make clear that he is willing to stand up to the special interests that support him. In fact, McBride dismissed Currys comments, simply saying, He didnt say any of that while I was talking to him.
As a Jew, I am offended that Bill McBride would not speak out against such terrible remarks, particularly the references comparing the Bush Administration to neo-Nazis, stated prominent businessman and Jewish community leader Norman Braman. McBride has an obligation to set the record straight. He has told us all to judge him by his friends. The eyes and ears of all Floridians are now on Bill McBride to see if he has the courage to condemn these despicable comments from one of his supporters. Until then, his silence is as deafening as it is telling.
As a black woman, as an American and a Floridian, and as a Democrat, I am outraged that Bill McBride would sit idly by while one of his supporters so viciously and personally attacks Gov. Bush and his entire family, stated Bush-Brogan Co-Chair Julia Johnson. To compare the Bush family to bin Laden, and to call the Bush Administration Godless and refer to them as neo-Nazis, is itself despicable and shameful. But for Bill McBride to refuse to repudiate those remarks out of fear of offending one of his special interest supporters is no less than contemptible.
Bill McBride should immediately and forcefully condemn and repudiate Victor Currys attacks, Johnson continued. Leadership means that sometimes you have to have the courage to stand up to your friends and supporters and tell them publicly that they are wrong. Its not always easy to do, but its necessary to do as a leader, and certainly as a Governor. McBride should show Floridians that he is not afraid to stand up to the special interests who support him and immediately, publicly and forcefully condemn these comments and apologize to all Floridians for standing silently by and not speaking up on his own.
It's a proven fact that Democrats have more germs.
I'm not sure which is a more disgustingly abhorrent foe to proudly--and openly--run against, the Teacher's Unions or the Trial Lawyers...both spread misery and tumult and ignorance wherever they spew their bodacious lies!!
Sorry, Vic; your candidate lost the primary.
I would, but they don't allow people to distribute leaflets in the cemetary.
The RATS are in disarray...eradicate the rodents !!
Fire Democrats, Hire Republicans !!
GWB Is The Man !!
Snuff Saddam, NOW !!
Death To all Tyrant's !!
The Second Amendment...
America's Original Homeland Security !!
Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!
Molon Labe !!
. . . . He and his wife, a retired bank executive, used to file joint tax returns. Shortly before announcing his bid for governor, they switched to separate returns. As a result, McBride could claim the smallest net worth of any major candidate -- when for all practical purposes he is by far the richest.
McBride lives in a spacious house on 30 lakeside acres outside Tampa, in an area in which a comparable home recently listed for just under $1 million. But in a 1999 speech, McBride said, "I live in a poor area of my state. The only time many of my neighbors see a lawyer is when the lawyer is representing the mobile home park owner evicting them." . . . .
The aw-shucks aura is essential to McBride's canny strategy, which is to make the election all about Bush and never, ever, to let the focus swing around to him. . . .
McBride attacks Jeb Bush for cutting taxes too aggressively. He blames Bush for Florida's budget deficit. He reminds voters that Bush campaigned on promises to improve education and fix the state's troubled foster care system -- and insists that if Bush hasn't delivered results yet, there is no point giving him more time.
But when the subject shifts to his own plans, McBride remains stubbornly fuzzy. "There's no need for me to change what I've been doing," he tells reporters pressing him for position papers.
Take his second-most prominent issue, prescription drug coverage. McBride speaks so warmly about the travails of retirees struggling with rising drug costs that it's easy to miss his bottom line -- it's not a state problem. Though he ridicules Bush's proposal to provide $160 a month to help needy seniors pay for drugs, it is more concrete than McBride's plan, which is to lobby Congress to solve the problem.
On environmental issues, such as offshore oil drilling and Everglades restoration, McBride's positions appear to be the same as Bush's, though it is hard to tell because he often demurs when pressed on specifics.
There is nothing but danger in taking stands, campaign spokesman Alan Stonecipher suggests. Bush would simply use them to "attack Bill."
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I think the Tampa Tribune would like this possibly or maybe even the St. Pete Times. I think they dislike McBride even though they're libs - they wanted Janet.
THIS IS A GREAT FIND BUT I THINK MCBRIDE'S EVEN WORSE THAN JUST THIS ONE STORY.
If he won't disavow this folks, then we know how left he really is and possibly a sociopath for votes.
Oh, I emailed Drudge too. He might get made about the neo-nazi stuff. I'm not sure he likes Jeb but maybe he'll read this article. Sent the article, not just the url.
You've got that right. The required funding for McB's platforms is in the tens of billions of dollars. When he was asked during the debate how a cigarette tax would generate that kind of revenue, he said to trust him, he would take care of it. To me, that can only mean a state income tax, a service tax, and any other kind of tax you can imagine.
His feigned support for the 2nd amendment is a DNC talking point, nothing more, nothing less.
Please write to your local papers. My subject line: Far more than "dubious", McBride's choice to defend Mr. Curry's hate speech.
I couldn't help but think about Clintigula & the countless times he -- blatantly -- trampled that very same constitution & either there was nothing said by the Liberal-Socialists a'tall; or, worse yet?
They bent over backwards to justify the guy's action(s)/behavior(s) and did so by bending the rules even further.
Where was this caller & those of his ilk, then??
Anyway, the use of words like, "Nazi" et al are to me a "litmus" of their desperation.
As for the remarks that were *leaked* across the building's intercom system??
Well first off; look who's show this shameless sleeze was appearing on, eh?
Now Dubya called Clymer an, "Asshole" & he's immediately labeled as, "UNFIT to govern" based on this gaff.
While this gubernatorial sleeze bag "plays the room" down there with the NAALCP using the oldest ploy in the book.
Black on white hatred.
...& the silence is deafening.
Our founding fathers knew their scripture, had courage and a moral core. They never intended the first amendment to be used to protect the enemy. "These people are on a neo-Nazi, right-wing mission against the American people. He concluded calling the Bush administration a Godless, wicked regime.
The definition of slander.
The Great Society was the beginning of the end for those still on the plantation of the Democratic Party, but many are finding their way back to decency, honesty and hard work making a good life for themselves, no longer taking the crumbs of promises from the slave holders, the democrats. You Floridians, who are helping with the election, be sure to check the "double dippers" that live in other states and spend their winters in your state. It was said many of them voted twice.
I think you've called it right on the Dims. They are becoming very shrill. There's just no telling what kind of shenanigans they're liable to pull this goround. It ain't gonna be pretty I'm afraid.
Consider we got a black Dim senate candidate here in the great state o' Texas name of Ron Kirk(ptui) that likes to hang out with the likes of Snoop Doggy Doo, or whatever his name is. He apparently thinks gangsta rap is where it's at. The good news is, the longer he campaigns, the worse his numbers get. This guy can't even keep his black base together. Latest polls show him with barely a majority of black votes. I smell a senate take back!!!
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If you believe in these issues VOTE for me, and tell your friends to VOTE for me. Now is the time, and time is short.
These are the issues I believe in:
Grassroots Democracy. How do we create a structure that allows every person to have a say over the forces that affect her life? Only by creating a space where people have the time and energy to take action among, and with, like minded people. From this base can spring forms of association and government, which allows some control of events. It's at the local level that decisions affecting us all must be made, not from the top down.
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity. Just as all Nations must be the first recipient of wealth from their natural resources, so must each citizen receive the benefit of the economic wealth generated by their labor. It's absurd to deny a class of people opportunity based on who they marry, or how they speak, or their skin color. When all members of society are treated equally much of the friction which wastes money and lives will evaporate making the pie bigger. Everyone benefits.
Ecological Wisdom. The world is a finite system. There isn't a shoreline anywhere in the world that doesn't get Styrofoam cups washed up on it. Everyone knows this, those that don't care are whistling past the graveyard. There is a reason the uncaring ones are frightened by the ecologists. They know, they know they must change, and they are afraid. The Greens must show the way by example and by passing laws that focus on sustainability. It is the only system that can possibly work. There is much hope in this area.
Already new forms of accounting are valuing resources according to all their costs, ecological, social, and economical. Progress is being made.
Non-Violence. This is a hard concept at the state level. Herein is the ethical resistance to the death sentence. The state must maintain it's monopoly on violence, at the same time work to become less violent. There must always be a coercive force for the protection of person and property.
At the state level we can work to make that coercive force an expectation for peaceful conflict resolution, rather that threat of violence.
Decentralization. I believe less is more. I believe in a business model where the stakeholders make the decisions, and are directly responsible for the consequences of those decisions. I believe in bioregionalism. For a grassroots democracy to work the span of control must remain small. If all costs are factored into the equation it really doesn't make much sense to bring California oranges to Florida.
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Feminism and Gender Equity. We need to have equality (equal pay, equal work, no bias based on sex or preference). Till that is established the only thing to do is promote preferentially from within. Everyone who has hire/fire power needs to do that. Michael Moore said it best in his chapter Kill Whitey, from Stupid White Men. I believe what he said.
Respect for Diversity. Diversity starts at the global level, species extinction is wrong morally and economically stupid. Taxol, the drug worth billions, came from a Yew tree. We have a societal need to preserve diversity. By moral extension, diversity across life styles, race, and gender is essential for our country to maintain its lead in the world. For example, when a marketing task force is set up within a company the best companies select from the widest range of personnel. If we close out people from the leadership process we lose their unique expertise. So it's moral, and makes good business sense.
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Future Focus and Sustainability. Many of the decisions made by our legislature ARE NOT aimed at the seventh generation. I have an idea of where we need to be, towns and cities organized around public transit, bike to work jobs, challenging work that supports the individual without savaging nature. How to do that anytime soon in a legislature controlled by the Republicans is beyond me. Yet the work needs to begin. About as far as I can see is to slow down the rate of decay while we build the party. Then we can start shaping society into a sustainable future.
DOES BILL MCBRIDE THROW HIS SUPPORT BEHIND MR. GRATZOL, YES OR NO? Make no mistake, this came via email from Bill McBride's campaign. McBride's a presstitute for votes. He has no core values or beliefs.
Someone with more nerve than me should send this to TIM RUSSERT before the debate Tuesday along with the topic of this thread.