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I continue to be shocked and dismayed how far too many people seem willing to latch on to conspiracy theories and make meritless accusations against fellow Republicans. Worse, these accusations continue even when clear evidence to the contrary is presented.
Such is the case with the furor over Florida’s redistricting. Let me say this for the millionth time: There is no conspiracy in the Florida Legislature to hurt Allen West, and Mitt Romney doesn’t have a darn thing to do with our redistricting process.
I wrote two posts earlier this week, the first explaining why rumors of a Romney-based conspiracy against Allen West were utter nonsense, and the second detailing a very elegant deal between Republican candidates to leapfrog districts in a way that gives more conservatives a strong chance at election.
It’s appropriate that today is Groundhog Day, because this silly rumor keeps crawling out of its lair to pop up its tin-foil-hat-covered head. Hopefully we can regain our senses and not be doomed to another six weeks of stupidity.
Like some zombie creature in a B-movie horror flick, this rumor refuses to die. Bloggers who I highly respect continue to repost this story, and even Rush Limbaugh drank the Kool-aid this week.
Florida State Representative Scott Plakon issued the following statement today regarding the controversy:
I was the only Florida legislator to endorse Herman Cain (when he was at 5% in the polls) before September 24th, the day he won Presidency 5 and started his climb in the polls. Last week I endorsed Rick Santorum. I’ve filed and/or passed the Health Care Freedom Amendment, the red-light camera repeal, the cap and trade repeal, etc., etc. I don’t think that I’ve ever been accused of being an “establishment Republican”!
But when someone of the character, integrity, impeccable reputation and conservative values of Representative Weatherford is accused like this based on unproven speculation and conspiracy theories, I felt that I needed to say something…even if it is Rush Limbaugh making those accusations.
I’ve read that Congressman West will still run for Congress, and I firmly hope and believe that he will be elected by Florida voters. He is a hero to our country and our cause.
It goes to show you that even America’s Anchorman, Truth Detector and Doctor of Democracy who is at the cutting edge of societal evolution that can beat the liberals with half his brain tied behind his back can actually get one wrong.
I guess there is a first time for everything.
Florida State Representative Scott Plakon represents Florida’s 37th district, encompassing parts of Orange and Seminole Counties.
[Cross-posted at Sunshine State Sarah]