Direct mail round-up: Fla. Dems launch vicious attack against disgraced State Rep. Mike Horner

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State Represenative Mike Horner may be quitting the race for House District 42 after authorities identified him as a client of an east Orange County brothel, but the Florida Democratic Party is not done kicking Horner while he’s down.

The FDP is sending this direct mailpiece to “close to 20,000” HD 42 voters beginning on Friday.

Ripping headlines from state newspapers such as “named in racketeering, prostitution case” and “named as brothel client,” the mail piece calls on voters in House District 42, which straddles Osceola and Polk counties, to “put an end to the embarrassment” and “say no to Mike Horner for state representative,” reports Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel.

The Republican parties of Osceola and Polk counties will hold a joint meeting in the next few days to nominate a replacement for Horner. Assuming Republicans name a replacement candidate, state law requires Horner’s name remain on the ballot, some of which have already gone out to overseas voters.

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