Brevard County: Just Stop It.

The people that we are supposed to hold our nose and vote for are at it again.

This Photoshopped image has been making the rounds:

This appears to be part of an attack that we talked about the other day where State Representative Randy Fine had volunteered with the Boy Scouts. In that the Boy Scouts are in trouble for workers and volunteers sexually abusing young men and boys, a post was put up saying that if someone had any information about being abused by Fine, they should call a certain number.

Frankly, this is a disgusting thing to say or do. First, there is no indication that Fine did anything wrong. Secondly, it denigrates and cheapens the experiences of actual survivors of sexual abuse as it ties them into a cheap political attack. Third, Fine’s opponent Phil Moore has said he is not a part of this attack, but at the same time he has not condemned those who made the accusations and this Photoshopped image of called for them to stop.

On Friday, this post made the rounds from Randy Fine:

First, this is not “breaking.” Fine needs to stop the hyperbole on things like this.

Then this text began to make the rounds:

Look or sound familiar?

The text was hitting phones that had not “opted in” to any political messages. That is a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA.)

Political campaign-related autodialed or prerecorded voice calls, including autodialed live calls, autodialed texts, and prerecorded voice messages, are prohibited to cell phones, pagers or other mobile devices without the called party’s prior express consent. The same restrictions apply to protected phone lines such as emergency or toll-free lines, or lines serving hospitals or similar facilities.

In that we have called out Phil Moore for not condemning of bringing sexual abuse by Fine into the political campaign, Fine needs to step up to the plate and either shut down these texts if he is behind them, contact those who are responsible if he knows who is doing it, or at the very least condemn them.

We are applying the same rules of conduct to both candidates.

Instead, Fine is putting on his Facebook page that his opponents are doing things that are worse than texts, referring of course to the sexual abuse innuendos.

In other words, Fine is saying “they did it too!” which is something that you hear on a playground for second graders, not from an elected official that is said to represent people.

Also, Fine has made a big issue of his religious beliefs.

We wonder how his actions match up with:

The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I the LORD am your God.
โ€”โ€‰Leviticus 19:34 (emphasis ours)

Call us crazy, but we don’t see much love from either candidate, the supporters, or surrogates in this race.

Both Fine and Moore need to step up to the plate and condemn and work to stop the type of rhetoric which we are seeing and instead return to the issues that the people of Brevard County care about.

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