Bogdanoff chastised for Republican mailer saying Sachs voted against Holocaust fundingby Andrew Abramson | October 31st, 2012
DELRAY BEACH — Maria Sachs, surrounded by Democratic Jewish politicians, her Jewish husband and her in-laws who survived the Holocaust, demanded an apology today from state senate opponent Ellyn Bogdanoff for a Republican Party mailer that accuses Sachs of voting against the state budget that included funding for the Florida Holocaust Museum, Florida Holocaust Task Force and South Florida Holocaust Survivor assistance program.
“Ellyn Bogdanoff, you crossed the line,” said Sachs as she choked up during a news conference at the South County Civic Center. “You talk about lies, limos, lost receipts, but this is wrong. This is repugnant. This is absolutely over the line. I demand an apology to the Sachs family, my mom and dad (in-laws) who live here in Century Village. I demand an apology to everybody in our state legislature, especially those who are behind me and all the work they have done to make sure our survivors are honored and respected and never ever used as a political tool.”
Before the news conference, Bogdanoff, a Jewish Republican, defended the mailer.
“If you vote against the budget to make a political statement, you are making a political statement about everything in that budget,” Bogdanoff said.
“She made a decision on something that was important to the Jewish community in terms of getting dollars for scholarships so they could send their kids to Jewish schools, money for Holocaust survivors.”
Sachs, a Democrat who is facing Bogdanoff in the state’s only senate race pitting two incumbents against each other, said she voted against the budget because of massive cuts, including cuts to Holocaust funding.
“There were cuts of $1.6 billion to education, cuts to persons with disability, cuts to nursing homes, there were cuts across the board to all the people who needed it the most,” Sachs said. “There were cuts to public transportation. And then there were cuts in Holocaust (funding) which went from almost $850,000 to $400,000.”
County Commissioner Burt Aaronson said the mailer looked like something “Joseph Goebbels would put out, not Ellyn Bogdanoff.” Goebbels was Adolph Hitler’s propaganda minster.
Congressman Ted Deutch said he “understands the way politics works” but said “there are times though when it’s not just politics as usual. Using the Holocaust to try to scare up votes is not politics as usual. It’s disgraceful.”
The mailer says, “In a political power play, Maria Sachs voted against funding for the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Holocaust Survivors Assistance program. For five straight years, three in the House of Representatives of two in the Florida Senate, Maria Sachs voted no, refusing to support the vital work of the Holocaust Museum and the support of victims.”
According to Sachs’ campaign, voters have also been receiving a robo-call in the last day asking them to “call Maria Sachs and ask her about the Holocaust.”
“I went to Israel with the governor a couple of months ago,” Sachs said. “I went to a trade mission two years ago to Israel. This is a very sensitive spot for me. I have worked hard in the legislature to get as much money as we can, but they continue to cut. Ellyn Bogdanoff is part of the cutting of funding to take care of Holocaust survivors here.”