Repub­li­can ad says Demo­crat ‘un­fit for pub­lic of­fice like Trump’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Florida Repub­li­cans are try­ing to thwart the ef­forts of a Demo­cratic can­di­date on the lo­cal level with a rather un­usual at­tack plan – they are com­par­ing him to their own pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

In the heated race for Or­ange County prop­erty ap­praiser, the Lead­er­ship for Florida’s Fu­ture po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee dis­trib­uted mail­ers that liken the Demo­cratic in­cum­bent, Rick Singh, to the New York bil­lion­aire.

“Rick Singh has a lot in com­mon with Don­ald Trump,” the mailer read. “Scan­dal. Dirty deals. Dis­dain for women.” The at­tack ad urged vot­ers to choose Repub­li­can can­di­date Ed­ward DeAguil­era.

It sends an un­usual mes­sage from area Repub­li­cans, as Trump is lead­ing in the Sun­shine State by four points, ac­cord­ing to the latest NBC/ Wall Street Jour­nal four-way poll.

Nonethe­less, the mailer made it clear that Or­ange County Repub­li­cans want to dis­tance them­selves from the po­lar­is­ing pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

“Like Trump, Singh is sim­ply un­fit for pub­lic of­fice,” it said, al­leg­ing Singh is “in­volved in scan­dals”, “named in a fed­eral rack­e­teer­ing law­suit”, and “mem­ber of a Face­book group that de­means and ob­jec­ti­fies women”.

“I’m the com­plete op­po­site of Don­ald Trump. I was raised by a sin­gle mother who worked three jobs as a maid to make ends meet,” Singh said, adding he found the at­tack “hi­lar­i­ous”. – The In­de­pen­dent

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