Mike Haridopolos says Senator Bill Nelson should be ashamed of himself — and he's right

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Senate President Mike Haridopolos today made the following statement in response to United States Senator Bill Nelson? comments on the election bill pending in the State Senate:

Today I stood on the Senate floor and congratulated President Obama for a job well done by bringing justice to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. Then a few hours later, Senator Bill Nelson stoops to a new low and plays political games by comparing pending legislation to a terrorist organization that has killed thousands of people. That is unbecoming of a United States Senator and a leader in our state. That kind of fear mongering is irresponsible. Instead of playing political games, we?e focused on passing a no-new taxes balanced budget, unlike Washington, D.C.

Bill Nelson should be ashamed of himself.

I’m sorry Senator Nelson, but Senator Haridopolos is right on this one. You need to walk this one back.

After all, Senator Nelson was pretty magnanimous when he said the former president George W. Bush deserved some of the credit for the death of Osama bin Laden:

“It’s instructive that President Obama called former President Bush,” Nelson said according to the News Service of Florida. “This has been a long effort of ten years.” Nelson also played up the significance of the death of the terrorist leader to the international network he founded and bankrolled for decades. “It’s symbolic in that you cut off the head of the snake,” said Nelson, who was in town for a press conference dealing with a state elections bill. “It’s going to be hugely demoralizing to al Qaeda. And as a result what you’re going to see is a fracturing of the organization even though they have been decentralized.” And the senator also had a warning for Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s longtime No. 2 and ideological mentor. “His days are numbered,” Nelson said.

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