Earlier today, I reported about the latest controversy in the bitter GOP primary for Senate District 24, which pits State Rep. Rachel Burgin against former Senate President Tom Lee. Today’s issue is over Lee’s use of Jeb Bush’s likeness.
“My opponent has consistently used Governor Bush’s likeness in mail and TV ads in an effort to imply his endorsement, even though Governor Bush is committed to staying out of this race,” writes Burgin on Facebook. “Just a few days ago a Tampa Tribune reporter made the same false claim in an article, and I challenged that claim to him and his editors, asking for a retraction.”
Bush has not and will not endorse anyone in the face-off between Republican State Senate candidates Lee and Rachel Burgin, reports Kevin Brady of Brandon Patch. “He’s staying out of that primary,” said Jaryn Emhof, a spokesperson for Bush, whose endorsement could be seen as a major boost to any GOP candidate in a tight primary race.
“Earlier in this race I reached out to Gov. Bush to discuss this campaign, and requested he remain neutral,” Burgin wrote in a Facebook post. “I felt District 24 voters should come to their own conclusions about who to vote for without flashy mailers and political ads featuring his likeness.”
But what about a candidate who frequently uses the likeness of Senator Marco Rubio?
On the very Facebook page Burgin writes her criticism of Lee using Bush’s likeness is a picture of her with the popular US Senator. And in a TV spot produced by Burgin’s campaign, Rubio is shown hugging Burgin.
I thought Burgin wanted District 24 voters should come to their own conclusions about who to vote for without flashy mailers or political ads featuring the likeness of important Republicans. Hmm…