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Catholics for Choice: Jacksonville mayoral candidate using ‘rhetoric of violence’

Jacksonville mayoral candidate Mike Hogan recently came under fire for jokingly saying it may cross mind to bomb an abortion clinic, but the statement has done little to stifle high-profile endorsements from area police and fire unions and tea party groups. But not everyone is taking the comments in stride. Catholics for Choice, a pro-choice organization based in Washington, D.C., criticized Hogan's rhetoric of violence in a recent interview with The Florida Independent.