Tone down … stand up

On Wednesday, the Florida Supervisors of Elections issued a statement urging candidates and elected officials to “tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy.”

The joint statement by county supervisors from across the state said “the integrity of our democracy has been challenged by misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation that sows discord and undermines trust in America’s electoral process.”

On Thursday, the News Service of Florida wrote this:

Raising doubts about elections results in the absence of evidence of wrongdoing can have far-reaching effects, warned Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, a former Republican senator from Bradenton. …

“The old adage, you tell a lie, you tell it big enough and long enough, it becomes true. And that really bothers me. It bothers me as a former member of the Legislature. Certainly it bothers me as a veteran, I just hate it.”

From “Florida Election Supervisors say democracy is ‘under threat’,” by Dara Karn, News Service of Florida, October 22, 2021, via WCTV, Tallahassee

2 thoughts on “Tone down … stand up”

    1. I believe he and the bi-partisan group of Florida county election supervisors are part of a growing movement toward the “common sense middle” that has been this country’s traditional strength. I’ll share some more thoughts about that tomorrow

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