With less than 36 hours before the final poll locations close in Florida, it’s prime time for misleading fliers to go out. A South Florida reader emailed Ben Smith of Politico a flier from a group called the “Progressive Policy Council” equating Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican candidate Marco Rubio, a message that Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek has used throughout the campaign for U.S. Senate in Florida.
“On a woman’s right to choose, there’s no difference,” reads the flier. The flier says Rubio and Crist have the same positions on gun control, same-sex marriage and want to be known as “true conservatives.”
Here’s the flier, via Ben Smith at Politico:
More from Smith on the background:
The Republican lawyer associated in the past with the group, Jason Torchinsky, told me that the old organization of that name had been “terminated” but declined to comment on whether he had any knowledge of the new one. The group’s mailing address is given as an Arlington post office box; whose URL was registered this month to a fake address; and whose website is entertainingly vague
The group’s website, which is nothing more than a picture of the U.S. Capitol, promises more to come: “Full Site Coming Soon.”
Here is the group’s banal mission statement:
The Progressive Policy Council is organized to educate the public and to advocate for progressive public policy solutions to contemporary social issues. Through education and outreach, the organization will appeal to the public and to community leaders to support sound and progressive policies related to health, social welfare policy and government reform.
A request for comment has been sent to the group’s Yahoo Mail address.
Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.