Editorial: Frankly, (Farkas) this is despicable politics

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As the race for House District 68 comes to a conclusion, what I am left wondering is why is every campaign Frank Farkas a part of so downright negative? Why does he always draw the ire of columnists and editorial writers? Why are his campaigns always described, by those close to the race and by those throughout the state, as “one of the nastiest in Florida.”

I ask because this is genuinely not the Frank Farkas I know. I know a devoted father and husband. A successful small businessman. A gentleman who always asks about my family.

Yet, on and off for the better part of two decades, Farkas has been involved in one brutal race after another.

My current theory is that the blame for all this negativity rests not with Farkas, but with someone else. These guys.

Anyway, here is the gist of the editorial from the Tampa Bay Times lambasting Farkas:

Republican state House candidate Frank Farkas of St. Petersburg needs to brush up on the oath of office he took when he last served in the state Legislature: Elected officials promise to defend the Constitutions of both the United States and Florida.

But these days, Farkas is trying to smear his Democratic opponent, attorney Dwight Dudley, for playing a valid role in America’s lauded system of jurisprudence, contending that Dudley’s representation of criminal defendants makes him unqualified to hold elected office. Farkas has been flooding the mailboxes of House District 68 residents with fliers displaying the names and mug shots of some of Dudley’s former clients charged with murder, armed robbery, drug possession and sexual battery. The fliers raise the specious suggestion that Dudley puts the interests of criminal defendants ahead of the public’s general welfare.

Farkas’ shameless mudslinging is nothing more than fearmongering and should have no place in a campaign of a former state legislator. Farkas should stop and focus on the pressing issues facing Florida. Having a better grasp of the criminal justice system, where defendants have a right to counsel, is a good place to start.


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.