Sen. Gaetz blasted for lynching metaphor

February 10, 2012

Representative Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville), chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, issued the following statement:

“Today, the 24 Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus partnered with the NAACP in a Unity March and Rally aimed at calling attention to the ongoing voter suppression directed at minority voters. We were joined by the Madison 9, citizens who had armed law enforcement officers storm into their homes with guns drawn to arrest them for their absentee ballot program. And now, Senator Don Gaetz, redistricting chair for the Florida Senate, responded to the redistricting legal challenge by stating to reporters: “My father used to say, `Some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope.’

“Senator Gaetz’ use of such highly charged and disturbing language has absolutely no place in this important discussion about the future of Florida. His remarks are extremely inappropriate. But in spite of his comments, I urge my colleagues in the Legislature and all Floridians to take the high road. I believe it is important that we continue to elevate the public discourse as we seek a fair and just system that protects the voting rights of all.”

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  • Keith February 13, 2012 at 12:07 am


    … and Democrats preach tolerance. Using the political epithet “tea baggers” is neither tolerant, nor worthy of a cerebral discussion.

  • L.Laird February 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    “armed law enforcement officers storm into their homes with guns drawn to arrest them for their absentee ballot program” Republicans preach “Freedom” that is If you are republican/tea bagger/ or white Christian, otherwise, a new rope will be used on you/////

  • Keith February 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Well, I guess this outrage will bring in a few thousand dollars. You know, I’m offended by things everyday. I guess I’m just mature enough to let it slide.

  • Marilyn Brown February 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    So, this unthinking, crude, mental midget is in charge of redistricting this state? We’re screwed.

  • Greatescape February 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Teresa — that may be your history, but really — this absolutely is a white/black thing. Trust me, if it’s an old Southern folk saying, then it primarily applied to Blacks — and you know it.

  • Teresa February 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    If you look at our history books this saying actually started in the old west when a criminal was being hung ( Henry this was the old west proper English did not apply). It was not a black or white thing. Just a old southern sayin’ for all criminals. Yes, it was a stupid moment for Sen. Gates, but people need to understand what this saying actually meant.

  • Henry February 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Kidding aside. Gaetz should have known better. Really.

  • Henry February 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Just WHAT was Papa Gaetz thinking? The word is “hanged.”