Gelber’s campaign denounces fliers calling AG candidate “toxic to Jewish education”by Andrew Abramson | October 27th, 2010
Dan Gelber’s campaign continues to denounce mailers being sent out to the South Florida Jewish community, saying that Gelber is “toxic to Jewish education.”
Gelber’s campaign director, Christian Ulvert, called the attacks from the Committee for Florida’s Education, Inc. “disgusting.” Gelber, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, is a Jewish state senator from Miami Beach.
“There is no doubt in anybody’s minds these are mailers closely aligned with Pam Bondi and her campaign,” Ulvert said.
A spokeswoman for Bondi, the Tampa-area Republican prosecutor running against Gelber for attorney general, said her campaign had nothing to do with the mailers.
Bruce Udolf, a Boca Raton attorney and former assistant United States attorney, came to Gelber’s defense on Tuesday, writing a rebuke to the mailer’s accusations.
“The most inflammatory claims deal with Senator Gelber’s call for investigations of how voucher money was being spent.,” Udolf wrote. “The truth? Senator Gelber expressed deep concern that one school receiving voucher money, the Islamic Academy of Florida, sent $350,000 overseas to fund terrorist activity!”
Udolf’s letter was signed by 100 high-profile South Floridian members of the Jewish faith, including U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Congressman Robert Wexler.
Here’s a partial excerpt from Udolf’s letter:
“If this ‘Committee’ were truly interested in providing access to Jewish education for needy children, they could have accomplished that with all the money it is spending to finance these defamatory pieces. But, of course, the purpose of these flyers is not to ensure “access to Jewish education for needy children.” They were bought with undisclosed, anonymous money in an effort to get Senator Gelber’s opponent, Pamela Bondi elected.
Not true, Ms. Bondi? Then renounce these despicable practices immediately. The Attorney General is supposed to do justice. To allow such lies to stand unchallenged while you reap their political benefit without absorbing their taint is unworthy of a person who would presume to lead our state’s highest law enforcement office. Your deafening silence on this issue speaks poorly for your sense of justice and your candidacy.”
Bondi’s campaign responded:
“Our campaign had nothing to do with these mailers. Pam has pledged to run a campaign about the issues affecting Floridians and to talk about the clear choices voters have between her and her opponent. Unlike Mr. Gelber, who has resorted to “everything and the kitchen sink” gutter politics and attack ads, that is exactly what she has done.”