following letter was received by Lydia Cornell from Stafford Jones,
Chairman of the Alachua FL Republican Party in response to her
inquiry seeking a video of Ann Coulter's speech to the group in
October 2005 in which Coulter
called for the repression of Democrat's free speech.
first Jones replied by calling Coulter's statement
"satire" and then pointed to a comic sketch by Al Franken
speaks about the entire affair, along with a screenshot of the
Alachua Republicans' public response to the inquiries in this Guest
Blogged item at BRAD BLOG.
RE: Stafford: Follow-up Coulter article
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2005 9:07:24 AM
Lydia, thanks for writing.
You already know what we paid Ann Coulter. It is on your
blog, so I am not sure why you are asking that question. We
made about $20,000. That is not and never was a secret.
In fact, it was reported in the local paper.
Your blog portrays the event it as “school children on a field
trip.” That is not accurate. It was a county party
fundraiser geared toward adult party supporters.
talking about actual university students here; he misinterpreted
I just can’t get sidetracked on your debate about what you are
willing to accept and not accept as satire because I have work to
do that is much more important to me. We are trying very
hard to change Alachua County for the better. Alachua County
has been run by Democrats as far back as we can remember, and what
we have to show for it is:
A poverty rate that is almost twice our state average
A minority business ownership rate that is about half our state
A median family income that is about $7000 less than our state
Almost half of the kids in our public schools are on free and
reduced lunch programs
We have a child poverty rate of about 20%
The Democratic leadership in Alachua County has so suppressed
economic opportunity that we have a severe shortage of jobs in the
$25,000 to $50,000 range as compared to the state average.
This is the range in which young families and individuals should
be kicking off their professional careers, but the opportunities
simply don’t exist.
Just the other night, the liberal elite in Alachua County staged a
“homeless night out” so that they could “experience” the
plight of the homeless. Well, their homeless night out
included tents, sleeping bags, lawn chairs, clean and fresh water,
thermoses full of whatever hot liquid they desired and to top it
all off, a live concert by Bo Diddley. When they decided
that they had enough (whether they made it through the entire
night or not), they went back to their warm homes, their showers
and their beds. And the whole time that they were there they
had the comfort of knowing that they had a warm place to call
home. When do you think the last time was that Bo Diddley
wandered off into the woods and found a campfire with some
homeless people around it and serenaded them? It was nothing
more than a camping trip with great entertainment for liberal,
preppy elites organized by local, liberal elected officials.
If you ask me, such an event is an absolute slap in the face to
those that truly are homeless and must live that lifestyle day in
and day out.
While the liberals in Alachua County are holding fund raisers to
restore an old building called “The Cotton Club” to be some
kind of high arts center, Republicans (in a project headed up by a
police officer who happens to be a Republican) are working hard to
get the new Reichert House up and running (an after school and
summer center on the disadvantaged side of town for children that
don’t have anywhere else to go). Don’t get me wrong,
Democrats have worked on this project, too, but there is a
disconnect between the liberal elite in this community and real
priorities and real community action. To them, community
action means passing a new tax and then turning the problem over
to government which invariably makes it worse.
This, Lydia, is what I care about. This is what is important
to me, right now, and so I am sorry that I can’t be of any more
help to you and your quest, but I am on a quest of my own.
Good luck with your quest, Lydia.