Patricia Sullivan, former primary candidate for congressional district 8, held a press conference this morning denouncing a recent mailer sent out by Florida TEA candidate Peg Dunmire. The mailer used Sullivan’s image without permission and implied support of Dunmire’s campaign, which is not accurate.
It’s important to point out that the Florida TEA Party does not represent the tea party movement, nor is it supported or endorsed by any recognized tea party leader in Florida.
Sullivan’s full statement is listed below the video –
Video courtesy of Allen Wilson
Mrs. Sullivan’s Statement this Morning:
Today I stand here with the support of my fellow tea party and 912 leaders. These are the people who have brought their memberships together, who have done the hard work, and who have been recognized by their honorable efforts.
Saturday, I was shocked and insulted when a paid political advertisement arrived in my mailbox. On that flyer was my picture next to the words, “Tea Party Conservative Republicans Unite!”. Below, in banner headlines, my name appeared in the same quote as Peg Dunmire’s. This misleading ploy attempts to link my image, name, and values to a campaign which I do not support, one which has not obtained my permission for use. What is absolutely revolting is the suggestion that hard working tea party movement patriots, that supported me and are now redoubling their efforts in support of Daniel Webster, are also being misrepresented.
Ms. Dunmire’s candidacy, the Florida TEA (political) Party and those associated with them have a checkered history of questionable origins and deceptive practices. One of the TEA political party’s founders, and current advisor Doug Guetzloe was sentenced to sixty (60) days in the Orange County jail on Friday for just such practices. Mr. Guetzloe’s sentence will not begin until November 3rd, due in part to Ms. Dunmire’s pleadings to the Court that her campaign would suffer greatly should Mr. Guetzloe be removed from her campaign to begin serving his sentence. The level of deception and deceit practiced by these unprincipled political operatives is now clearly exhibited in this mailer, yet again.
I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not support Peg Dunmire, the Florida TEA political party, or their suggestions that by placing a photograph of a true conservative woman in their advertisements in any way links that person’s support. Ms. Dunmire must realize that continuing to condone these tactics only strengthens the suggestion that she is mirroring the deceit employed by others like her that use these tools of deception.
We are looking into the various laws which may have been broken with this mailer. Peg Dunmire misappropriated my image and my name to imply support that she does not and has never had.
The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.