Will there be a Florida element in ACORN undercover video scandal? Group claims Miami sting failedby George Bennett | September 16th, 2009
As a guerilla conservative filmmaker has rolled out a series of undercover videos showing employees of the liberal advocacy group ACORN in Baltimore, Washington and New York appearing to condone prostitution and promote tax evasion, experienced Florida scandal watchers wonder when the inevitable Sunshine State connection will come.
But ACORN, which has fired at least some the employees caught on tape, claims filmmaker James O’Keefe and accomplice Hannah Giles — who pose as an outlandishly clad pimp and prostitute on the videos — were unsuccessful when they tried their hidden-camera sting in Miami and other cities.
And ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) says that in a video released Tuesday showing O’Keefe and Giles at a California ACORN office, the ACORN employee “could not take them seriously. So she met their outrageousness with her own personal style of outrageousness,” which included telling the actors she had killed her husband.
The videos are clearly taking their toll on the group conservatives love to hate. The U.S. Senate voted 83-7 on Monday to deny any federal housing grants to the group, and the Census Bureau dropped ACORN as one of thousands of partners to promote the 2010 headcount.