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Email insights: FDP gets creative with ‘Shady Bunch’

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A number of Republican presidential or prospective candidates in the increasingly crowded 2016 GOP presidential field will visit Walt Disney World this week – something that surely will draw attention.

And that’s exactly what happened.

A new email from the Florida Democratic Party blasts the entire Orlando Economic Growth Summit – presented by the always unpopular Gov. Rick Scott – with a quick turn of phrase: “The Shady Bunch.”


While Scott is busy “failing to pass a budget or implementing socialist profit-sharing among Florida’s hospitals,” the email says, he is hosting a “self-aggrandizing pageant” with some of the Republican Party’s “most scandal-plagued presidential candidates.”

FDP doesn’t just target the governor, a frequent object of Democratic contempt whom they call a “record-breaking king of fraud and scandal.”

They go after all seven speakers invited to the event, with a laundry list of troubles:

Jeb Bush – who made millions on corporate boards, many of which are now under federal investigation or being sued by shareholders.

Marco Rubio – accused of living large on “Republican Party of Florida’s credit cards” as well as “double billed taxpayers on flights,” and a record of “sloppy bookkeeping as long as his friendship with David Rivera.”

Note: Because of a Senate conflict in Washington, Rubio wasn’t in attendance. But when has a little thing like that ever stopped the FDP when it’s on a roll?

Scott Walker – the Wisconsin governor was implicated in a “criminal scheme” with allegedly illegal coordination with political groups.

Chris Christie – one word: “Bridgegate.”

Rick Perry – who faces two felony charges of coercion and abuse of official capacity as a public official.

Mike Huckabee – whose staff attempted to physically destroy state hard-drives and as many public records while leaving office in 2007.

And not to be left out …

Bobby Jindal – who ranks a “pity mention” for his “complete mismanagement” of Louisiana’s finances, resulting in a mid-30s approval rating in his home state.

Although the FDP email comes as no surprise – the progressive NextGen Climate is also actively protesting the WDW event – what the Democratic attack lacks in spontaneity, the “Shady Bunch” certainly makes up for it in creativity.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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