In a bizarre interview with the Orlando Sentinel, FDP Communications Director says “we didn’t research”.
By Jacob Engels
Several days ago, the East Orlando Post reported on potentially illegal and blatantly dishonest partisan mailers sent by the Florida Democratic Party on Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyers behalf. It accused Paul Paulson of being demeaning to Hispanics, against same-sex marriage, and not in favor of increasing the minimum wage. See the mailer filled with untrue claims below.
While the Florida Democratic Party still has to provide documentation to determine the legality of the mailers, we learned last night that they are at very least admitting to disseminating completely untrue information about Dyer’s opponent, Paul Paulson and his stances on the issues.
When asked about how the Florida Democratic Party sourced their information to create the mail piece, Communications Director Max Steele brazenly told the Orlando Sentinel’s Jeff Weiner that the content was “not based on anything Paulson had ever said.”
He argued that he researched the platform of the national Republican party and based the mailers on the Democratic party’s interpretation of those stances… then hung those interpretations of the Republican party message around Paulson’s neck.
WHAT? That is the equivalent of asking an Florida State fan to provide their analysis of the University of Florida’s chances in next years college football rankings. IT MAKES NO SENSE. After being pressed by Mr. Weiner, who seems to finally have found some semblance of journalistic standards, Steele claims the mailer was based on the GOP’s stance, not actual campaign materials from the Paulson campaign.
Or footage of the candidate to back up the claims. Wow, we knew the Florida Democratic Party was inept, but nobody knew it was this bad. And most thought Steele was the smartest guy in the room. As Orlando residents head to the polls in the next few weeks, I would hope that they think about instances like this.
The Florida Democratic Party, and Orlando Mayor John H. “Buddy” Dyer (who paid for the mailer), think YOU ARE THAT DUMB.
This is the ultimate sign of a career politician who no longer puts right before wrong, the truth before fiction…and should be motivation enough to send this special interest errand boy packing on November 3rd.
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org