Email Insights: Vote No on 2 asks if “we all can just get along?”

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“Can’t we all just get along?”

In the latest email from the Vote No on 2 campaign, the opponents of Florida’s medical marijuana measure are calling on Orlando trial attorney John Morgan to stop “personally attacking United States Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her opposition to Amendment 2.”

As the leading benefactor for the People United for Medical Marijuana, Morgan has sunk millions of his own money to support a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Morgan has also been a top donor to President Obama and Florida’s U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

“Pertaining to the ballot initiative in Florida, I have concerns that it is written too broadly and stops short of ensuring strong regulatory oversight from state officials,” Wasserman-Schultz said in her official House website. “Other states have shown that lax oversight and ease of access to prescriptions can lead to abuse, fraud, and accidents.

“Also, given Florida’s recent history in combating the epidemic of ‘pill mills’ and dubious distinction as having among the highest incidents of fraud, I do not believe we should make it easier for those seeking to abuse the drug to have easy access to it.”

Morgan blasted the national party’s chair as an “irritant” who is becoming “irrelevant” after she voiced concerns about Amendment 2.

“Does she not respect our Supreme Court? Does she not know what ‘debilitating’ means? I do,” he added. “What word would she prefer?”

Vote No on 2 called the criticism “dirty and shameful.”

“They have attempted to attack our staff and supporters, and now they are attacking a Democrat Congresswoman who dared to disagree with them,” according to Vote No on 2 spokesperson Sarah Bascom. “The proponents of this effort are clearly starting to unravel.”

Morgan’s rhetoric may have been antagonistic, to be sure, but “dirty and shameful?” That might be a stretch.

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.