Friday :: Aug 20, 2004

Oops, Florida GOP Is Caught Promoting Swifties Campaign


by Steve

On a day when the White House once again claimed it has no ties to the Swift Boat Veterans for (Un)Truth campaign, a man was able to walk into an office of the Florida GOP and pick up a flier promoting a rally for the group tomorrow. In the state where the president's brother runs the state party...but the White House has no connection.....right.

A volunteer for John Kerry said Friday he picked up a flier in a Bush-Cheney campaign office in Gainesville, Fla., promoting Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group the Bush campaign has insisted for weeks it has no connection to.

At Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters outside Washington, spokesman Steve Schmidt said: "The Bush-Cheney campaign has nothing to do with that piece of paper. ... I don't know how it showed up at the campaign headquarters."

(“I’m shocked, shocked that there is gambling going on here….”)

"The Bush-Cheney campaign would object to any flier like this being displayed in any Republican headquarters," said Schmidt. He characterized the campaign operation in Gainesville where the flier was found as county GOP offices used by Bush-Cheney volunteers.

The flier distributed at Alachua County Republican Party headquarters promotes a weekend rally sponsored by "Swift Boat Vets for Truth" and other groups.

(Note that the flier promotes joint activities between the county GOP and the Swifties, and touts the attendance of GOP candidates)

Bill Shilling, a Kerry volunteer in Gainesville, says he went to the GOP offices there Thursday and picked up the flier from a pile of literature on the table.

The Kerry campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was illegally coordinating its efforts with the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Well, yeah.

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