Equality Florida takes issue with Dana Young mailer

>It is absurd to say any of the advertising done by the campaign was “bashing” of any kind.  Our campaign has taken clear positions on legitimate issues facing Florida, and we differ on a variety of them.  It is very fair to point out those differences.  Stacy’s support of gay marriage and gay adoption are legitimate issues being debated in Florida.  Equality Florida long ago endorsed Stacy, so it is no surprise that they are attempting last minute attacks against me in the media.   But their tactics are very disappointing, because the type of name calling they are engaging in has a chilling effect on free speech and our ability as candidates to debate legitimate issues."

CL has reached out to Stacy Frank for comment.

Last night, the LGBT group Equality Florida issued a press release taking issue with Republican House District 57 candidate Dana Young, for a recent mailer sent to households in the district that calls her Democratic opponent, Stacy Frank, of being pro gay marriage and pro gay adoption.

Brian Winfield with the group wrote,

Dana Young is running in a tight race against Equality Florida Action PAC endorsed candidate Stacy Frank for Florida Representative District 57. In a desperate last minute maneuver, Dana Young resorted to divisiveness and bigotry by mailing the following fliers to voters.

The mailer definitely pushes the cultural issues, saying that Frank is endorsed by the "ultra-liberal" Planned Parenthood organization. It says that she's for gay marriage, saying, "when you vote, cast your vote for marriage between one man and one woman."

But it's on the flip side of the mailer where the language gets really interesting.

Writing that Frank "promotes" gay adoption, it features a quote from Frank in the St. Pete Times where she called it "unconscionable" that the state has prohibited gay couples from adopting, a stance that most of the Democratic party of Florida has said, more or less (Alex Sink has said that each individual situation should be reviewed by judges on a "case by case" basic. Also, the Republican that Young is trying to succeed in the district, Faye Culp, also spoke out against Florida's gay adoption ban).

The next paragraph reads, "While loving couples wait years for an adopted child, Stacy Frank wants to give gay couples equal footing - making their wait even longer." That's followed by the "The radical liberal lobby wants to use children in crises for an ultra-liberal social experiment."

When asked to comment, Dana Young's campaign manager, James Kotas, writes back


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