Davis blasts Crist on Crime by MItch E. Perry

10/31/06

The Jim Davis camp is making the most of a gaffe made by Charlie Crist in last night’s debate. When discussing the issue of crime, Crist said violent crime had gone down in the state in the past 6 months, when in fact, the murder rate is up.

The Davis camp said out a press release today saying Crist had ‘lied’ about the crime rate. But on a conference call for reporters today, Davis would not go that far in responding to the Orlando Sentinel’s Jason Garcia (roll tape#1 o.q.� and he was not�)

In the last six months, Florida’s murder rate has increased 27 percent and violent crime is up more than 3 percent. According to Associated Press reports from earlier this month, local police agencies reported 518 killings in Florida through the end of June, up 27 percent from the 408 murders the state saw in the first six months of 2005.

Joining Davis on the call was St. Lucie County Sherriff Ken Mascara, who said he was angry after watching last night’s debate, and called Congressman Davis about that today (roll tape#2 o.q.�about last night’s debate�)

Calhoun County Sheriff David Tatum was also scheduled to be on the call, but he was later called away.

St. Lucie Police Chief Ken Mascara also said that Charlie Crist had been Missing In Action in helping local law enforcement back when he was in the Legislature (roll tape#3 o.q.�100%��)

Meanwhile, Republicans blasted Jim Davis for his undistinguished Congressional Record.

The website Congress.org has given Davis a power ranking of 432nd, out of 437 total members.

In a Press release, Florida Republican Party Chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan said, “ While his previous ranking of #419 was shameful, today’s news that he has dropped even further is more proof that you can’t stand up for Florida if you don’t show up,� “No one wants to be put in the same breath as scandal-wrapped representatives like Cynthia McKinney, William Jefferson and Bob Ney, but that’s where Jim Davis’ dreadful voting record has left him, ahead of only the disgraced and the convicted.�

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