Republican Liberty chapter requests Florida GOP denounce Mike Hill’s campaign tactics
Rep. Mike Hill

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The Panhandle Republican Liberty Caucus is requesting the Florida GOP publicly denounce the actions of state House District 1 Republican nominee Mike Hill.

The news follows a weekend report from Florida Politics of the racially charged, sexist and deceitful campaign waged by Hill in the Republican primary for the seat, which saw Hill prevail over GOP challenger Rebekah Bydlak.

“There have been some nasty negative campaigns this year,” Caucus Chairman Christopher JGravois wrote Monday. The race between Bydlak and Hill being “among the worst of them.”

Gravois said the Caucus does not intend to aid Hill in his general campaign and is unlikely to help him in the future. It also requests Hill make a public apology for the “horrendous personal attacks” against both Bydlak and Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash, of Palestinian heritage.

In a mailer, Hill likened Bydlak — who carried an endorsement from the National Rifle Association and term-limited HD 1 Republican Rep. Clay Ingram — to “liberal” Amash.

Calling Amash a “liberal” is a “blatant lie” and “a bigoted swipe at the Congressman’s ethnicity,” Gravois wrote. 

Involving Amash in the campaign for the deep-red district could be seen as a continuation of Hill’s expressed Islamophobic beliefs. He tweeted in August, “The sooner you expel the demonic Muslim horde, the better.”

He also retweeted a statement that “Islam is a cancer.”

https://twitter.com/MikeHillfl/status/1024876221761511424

Hill also has highlighted Amash’s Palestinian heritage in now-deleted social media posts. Amash also has publicly requested national and state Republican leaders denounce his tactics.

On Hill’s official campaign Facebook page, supporters have repeated Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis’ possibly misinterpreted “monkey” comment.

Another supporter responded to a Facebook post Hill made criticizing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum by saying the Tallahassee Mayor should be “picking cotton.”

A group supporting Hill fabricated a picture of the candidate next to President Donald Trump in a mailer. Hill also falsely claimed to be in possession of Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

Background provided by Gainesville correspondent Drew Wilson.

Danny McAuliffe

Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at [email protected]


2 comments

  • James M. Ray

    September 12, 2018 at 5:25 am

    This is the political version of “Battered Wife Syndrome.”

  • Dan Ditto

    September 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Lame, it was a ugly campaign with them calling Hill a Professional politician and such, theconfusion over the NRA endorsement and him responding in kind.

    People who are friends of both urged restraint, but outside PACs involved in primary campaigns always make them nastier than the actual candidate.

    If Representative Amash can not understand why a Republican would not celebrate his being part of a group with an ideology that calls for the submission or conquest of the world, murder of gays, female genital mutilation, terrorist attacks on the U.S.,, Hijabs, slavery, second class citizenship for non-Muslims, then maybe he should sit down by himself and do some soul searching. A review of both groups documents will clearly demonstrate where the individual of conscience should lie. Idealogically I fall with the Party that advocated for Free Soil and Free Men, the Republican Party. I am sure Mr. Hill, Mrs. Bydlac and myself all agree on that. There is no benefit to pretending otherwise.

    As far as the Trump-Hill association; Mike Hill gave a brilliant speech at Studer’s baseball field a couple nights before the election on behalf of President Trump, with Then candidate Trump in attendance. If TRUMP wanted to denounce him, I am sure he would have; I have known him for 20 years and like most businessmen who. Same up from the bottom battling in New York City for survival he isn’t exactly shy or unable to speak out when he wants to.

    The Primary is over and it is time to unite the Party and win the General election is here. In a couple years there will be another primary and all this can be refought, but as Republicans now is the time to defeat the Democratic Party and drive their totalitarian and Marxist ideologies from our State.

    The surest defense of Liberty will be electing Republicans in the General Election.

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