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Hispanic Polk Republicans to protest Hillary Clinton in Lakeland

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The Hispanic Republican Club of Polk County plans a protest rally against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at 5 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Edgewood Drive in Lakeland.

The intersection where north-south and east-west thoroughfares cross has been a favorite of sign wavers and protesters for decades.

From a candidate who used to dress as Uncle Sam, to one campaign that featured a rock band, to a street preacher with a megaphone, the intersection is somewhat similar to London’s Speaker’s Corner, especially during election season.

Concepcion Scharar, a Lakeland resident and one of the protest organizers, said the group plans to protest revelations in Clinton campaign officials’ correspondence in the recent WikiLeaks emails that she said are disparaging to Catholics and thereby an insult to Hispanics and other minorities. She said the gathering is also to protest Clinton’s own stand on abortion (which is pro-choice).

Armed with placards and signs, Scharar said the Democrats do not have as large a contingent of Hispanic supporters as they claim.

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Former Ledger of Lakeland columnist Bill Rufty is Central Florida political correspondent for SaintPetersBlog and Florida Politics. Rufty had been with the Ledger from 1985-2015, where, as political editor, he covered a wide range of beats, including local and state politics, the Lakeland City Commission, and the Florida Legislature. Ledger editor Lenore Devore said about Rufty’s 30-year career: “[He is] a man full of knowledge, a polling expert and a war history buff … who has a steel trap in his brain, remembering details most of us have long since forgotten.”

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