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Bogdanoff chastised for Republican mailer saying Sachs voted against Holocaust funding

by Andrew Abramson | October 31st, 2012

Republican Party mailer

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.

Sachs speaks at news conference

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.”

Sachs brought along her in-laws, Holocaust survivors Samuel and Nina Sachs

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19 Responses to “Bogdanoff chastised for Republican mailer saying Sachs voted against Holocaust funding”

  1. Typical reporting Says:

    Sachs stole thousands of dollars from the state of Florida and it looks like Andrew is turning his head once again. Peter Sachs picked her up from the airport most of the time while she continued to submit lost receipt forms to the Florida House of Representatives. Her employees are on record saying she did this over a 4 year period and it’s all on record. It won’t be long before she is in federal prison.

  2. Janet Says:

    Someone ought to stick that mailer up Bogdanoff’s uterus

  3. Scott B. Says:

    The limo stuff is just the tip of the iceberg for Sachs. She is one of the most corrupt politicians in Palm Beach County history and that’s saying alot.

  4. Lewis Says:

    Every thing mentioned is true. There is holocaust funding in the budget and Maria Sachs voted against it. I dont see much wiggle room for her there.

  5. Mike Says:

    My question is why is Maria Sachs going on junket’s to Israel? Why do we need to pay for her to go to Israel? Did she bring back jobs, no.

  6. Get Your Facts Right Says:

    Ellyn Bogdanoff voted for a budget that cut Holocaust funding. Maria Sachs voted against that budget. Now, Bogdanoff is accusing Sachs of voting against Holocaust funding. That’s not only a lie is laughable.

  7. The Lies Continue Says:

    Maria Sachs has never taken a limo at taxpayer expense. The ads are just more lies.

  8. The Truth Says:

    Then where are the 84 receipts ? She can’t produce them.

  9. Mattrue Says:

    The repubs have based the whole campaign on lies like this. If you can’t get the 33 percent of the Spanish voters away from the dems, but manage to take a small percentage of Cubans it still swings votes your way. Now they are doing the same thing with the Jewish people of America, telling them that Obama is not taking Israels side in the middle east. Don’t listen to the repubs,the lies will catch up to the repubs at the voting poll. I stopped by some early voting lines in Democratic communities and the lines were staggering. Most were open with comments that they have to vote to stop the Republican congress that has caused this mess with the economy. They mostly blame the republicans for the stalled economy and blame congress for blocking President Obamas recovery efforts. This is the first time since the last election that I have seen so many Democrats at early voting. Some people told me that they have been on line to vote for over two hours and would stay all day to vote for the Democratic party. You go Democrats unit and save the middle class Americans from the republicans hell.

  10. Michelle Says:

    Where are the missing receipts ? Oh the feds have them you can count on that.

  11. Cynical Idealist Says:

    All you people are a bunch of morons. The only reason the R’s care about this race is because they want to maintain their super-majority so they can change the rules on a whim and roll the D’s every chance they get. They gerrymandered the seat so that two Jewish politicians would face each other, thereby making the race as even as they could (save the fact there are more D’s in the district). The R’s thought a Jewish woman facing a Jewish woman would be less likely to cause them grief. Wrong!

  12. Huh Says:

    Sachs isn’t Jewish moron.

  13. Sachs is catholic Says:

    Maria Sachs is a typical politician that will say anything to win. Notice Ms. Sachs implied she was Jewish and the post had to “clarify” that she meant by marriage. Jew by injection doesn’t count Maria!

  14. Anna Says:

    All these people are idiots. From Bogdanoff for allowing the piece to Deutch pretending like Wexler he is mega jew. These people in PBC give all Jews a bad name. Sick.

  15. Searcher Says:

    I really didn’t care anything about Bogdanoff BEFORE this story, but this has CROSSED THE LINE. And I’m not even close to being Jewish……

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