Dave @Aronberg punches back, says @DanGelber’s tactics are “Karl Rove-esque”

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If he wins, Dave Aronberg’s “Dear Friends” letters will be one of the reasons why.  In his latest missive, Aronberg sticks-and-moves against Dan Gelber’s criticisms of Aronberg’s use of a political committee:

Dear Friends,

With early voting underway, ’tis the season for political gamesmanship.

Last week, we sent you a new statewide poll that showed us in the lead by 2 points. That prompted a vicious attack mailer against me by my opponent’s political committee, and then a Karl Rove-esque attempt to make the attacker seem like the victim by wrongly accusing me of “swiftboating” him.

His goal was to prevent us from raising money to respond to his mudslinging.

But you saw through this, and I am grateful for all of your supportive comments and emails. Indeed, the response to this hypocrisy has been swift and quite gratifying.

Congressman Ron Klein (D-Florida) spoke up to say that “Politics is a contact sport. Dave has a right to fight back using the same means as everyone else.”

Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Florida) added that “Dave Aronberg has as much right to use political committees as Dan Gelber does. With Democrats already voting across the State, I hope the focus will return to the issues that really matter to people.”

State Representative Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington) said, “Shame on Dan Gelber for firing the first missile and then trying to prevent Dave Aronberg from using the same means to respond. Gelber’s hypocrisy has reached new lows.”

Thank you, Congressman Klein, Congressman Deutch, Representative Abruzzo and to everyone who wants the Attorney General campaign to focus on the issues — such as gangs and pain clinics and consumer fraud — and not political games.

Will you help us one more time in the final days by making an online contribution today?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.