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McCollum: Trial lawyers apology “too little, too late”

by Dara Kam | September 24th, 2009

Attorney General and GOP candidate for governor blasted trial lawyers for running a race-baiting ad in a special Jacksonville Senate election.

The controversial mailer depicted the Black Panthers, President Barack Obama, the Rev. Louis Farrakhan with the caption: “Is this the change YOU want to believe in? Violence and intimidation at the voting booth.”

Former House Speaker John Thrasher, a Republican, won the special election and now replaces the late Sen. Jim King.

Scott Carruthers, the head of the powerful trial bar group, admitted yesterday that his organization was behind the ad and apologized for it.

Not good enough, McCollum’s campaign said today in a statement.

“We expect lawyers to not only obey the law but to act in a manner consistent with both the judicial process and the treatment of every individual with respect. I am appalled that the Florida Justice Association engaged in this behavior and their apology is clearly a case of too little too late,” the statement reads.

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