Bill Heller says Florida GOP is lame in attacking him

06/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
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As Sean Kinane just reported, Florida Democrats are fuming over fliers being sent to their constituents accusing them of voting against tax relief.

The Flier was sent to the districts of several freshman house Democrats, including Keith Fitzgerald in Sarasota, and Janet Long and Bill Heller in St. Petersburg.

Heller told WMNF this afternoon that he was surprised about the attacks, considering the next election isn’t for well over a year from now. And he said he and his fellow Democrats targeted DID vote for a tax cut (roll tape#1 o.q.” see helped”)

The attack ads are being paid for by the state Republican party. An official with the State Republican Party said they would not comment about the flier on the record, but did say it’s part of their strategy of hitting the Democrats hard leading up to the vote on the Constitutional Amendment next January.

However, Miami House Republican David Rivera, a top political lieutenant to House Speaker Marco Rubio, told the Miami Herald, “''Every Democratic House member should be put on notice that they will be held accountable for attempting to deny massive, comprehensive tax relief for the people of Florida,'' said Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican and top political lieutenant to House Speaker Marco Rubio of West Miami

When asked if he was surprised the Florida GOP is attacking him on the vote, Heller says he thinks its that same partisan mind set that saw the Republicans lose 7 seats in the state house last fall (roll tape#2 o.q.”that’s not a bad deal”)

The Vote on the Constitutional Amendment on whether Floridians want to have the option of revoking their homestead exemption and taking a so-called “supersize’ exemption takes place in 7 months – next January 29th.

Some analysts say that approval is no sure thing, particularly because it needs 60% of the electorate to support it.

University of Central Florida Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett says right now he’s not sure if it’ll get 50% approval (roll tape#3 o.q.”stark like that”)

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