Florida House GOP Leader Blasts Bill Nelson for Cheap Shot Over bin Laden


Florida House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera fired back at U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., for politicizing the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

“Senator Nelson’s tactics amount to nothing more than an outrageous political stunt, motivated solely by his re-election campaign at the expense of our Armed Forces. His disgraceful suggestion that the Florida Legislature would attempt to diminish the voting rights of American heroes is offensive and untruthful, and I demand that Senator Nelson immediately apologize for politicizing what should be a moment of unity for our nation."

At a press conference hosted by members of the House Democrat Caucus, Nelson on Monday accused Florida lawmakers of using pending election-reform legislation to deny the right to vote to those soldiers who aided in the capture and killing of bin Laden.

Lopez-Cantera, R-Miami, responded:

“As Americans, we should be celebrating the capture of Osama bin Laden as a step forward in the war on terror, remembering the thousands of American citizens he killed and those who have lost their lives in the global war on terror. Instead, Senator Nelson is using this American victory as a campaign stunt, and that is deplorable.

“As a U.S. senator, he should be focused on tackling our failed federal immigration policy, preserving the space coast economy, and pushing back against an administration that is threatening to raise taxes on job creators when Florida is experiencing record high unemployment.”

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