Florida’s Republicans are never bashful. When they declare victory, they lack subtly or tact. Arrogance, cronyism and corruption are the words that best describe the Republican Party of Florida who have had an uncontested reign as masters of the state for a decade and a half. The chest pounding was once again on display this week from Governor Rick Scott, boasting about his voter purge to select RPOF donors.
Here is the email (from the SP Times):
From: Rick Scott [mailto:RScott@RickScottForFlorida.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:55 PM
Subject: Victory for Florida’s Voters
This week, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted our state access to its list known “SAVE” (Systematic Alien Verfication for Entitlements). With access to SAVE, we can and will proceed with our efforts to ensure non-citizens do not vote in future Florida elections.
This commitment from the U.S. Deptartment of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for the integrity of our election system. I appreciate your support of my effort to protect the integerity of our voter registration rolls throughout the Sunshsine State. Will you help me share this victory for Florida voters? Here are three ways you can help:
Share this graphic with your Facebook Friends.
Tweet this graphic to your Twitter followers.
Forward this email to your friends.
Sincerely, Governor Rick Scott
Sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Not paid for at taxpayer expense.
Ignoring the obvious spelling errors in the email, Scott is relishing the fact that voters have been disenfranchised and that Democracy has again been thwarted by the Florida GOP. The Florida GOP is using the voter purge as an effort to rally the party’s conservative base as evidenced in this email. This is after all a party that has used voter intimidation, faulty equipment, executive power, court cases and other means to circumvent full ballot counts in Presidential, Congressional and Legislative elections in this state. The 2000 Presidential Election and 2006 Congressional District 13 election are just the two most notable examples of this.
The Republican “voter purge” is popular among the state’s voters according to recent public opinion polling. But this should not matter to Democrats who must take a strong moral stand against disenfranchisement and the potential return of a form of Jim Crow laws to Florida. Besides the reality of debate over these voter suppression laws is that the short gain for the GOP will be a long term benefit for the Democrats.