Too far: Randy Fine demands apology after opponent ruined Mother’s Day 
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Fine said his opponent's campaign harassed his elderly mother on Mother's Day.

Rep. Randy Fine is calling on his opponent in the Republican primary to apologize for anti-Semitic comments and denounce her campaign consultant for harassing his mother.

In a statement, Fine said Marcie Adkins campaign has falsely claimed to have a video of Fine soliciting prostitutes. Fine says the tape is nonexistent.

If the allegation didn’t cross the line on its own, their weaponizing of it on Mother’s Day did.

“Yesterday, on Mother’s Day, Ms. Adkins’s campaign consultant — to whom she has paid $10,000 since announcing for office less than eight weeks ago — sent a Facebook message to my elderly mother taunting her by asking if she would like to see a copy of a video of me cavorting with prostitutes. No such video exists,” Fine said.

“Not only is this claim absolutely ridiculous and a flat out lie, but to send this to my mother — on Mother’s Day, no less — is nothing short of harassment and a political low that Ms. Adkins should denounce immediately,” he continued.

“This harassment, on top of the failure to denounce and remove anti-Semitic comments made by an Adkins supporter on Facebook — and her own statement that ‘We were wrong to state anti-Semitism will not be tolerated’ — is disgusting and shameful and sends a resounding message to our community that Ms. Adkins is not only unfit to lead, but is not even worthy of consideration for public office. “

Rather than campaign, Fine has spent much of the past two months helping constituents navigate the unemployment system and secure food through a series of Farm Share events.

Adkins’ tactics, however, have forced him to shift his attention. He said he will not “sit idly by while my elderly mother is harassed or ignore hate speech disguised as free speech. At a moment in our society where we are asked to look out for one another and take life-altering precautions for the sake of others, it is disturbing and shameful that Ms. Adkins is encouraging and paying for this type of behavior.

“Political campaigns are often nasty, but rarely do we see this type of candidate-funded bigotry and harassment. Ms. Adkins — I ask that you do the right thing and denounce these tactics and offer a public apology to my mother for the harassment she received on Mother’s Day from your campaign,” he concluded.

Adkins is Fine’s only lone opponent in the primary for House District 53, which covers part of Brevard County. She entered the race in late March and has so far forked over the bulk of her campaign contributions to “The Relentless Group,” a Rockledge-based campaign consultancy.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


7 comments

  • Bartholomew

    May 11, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    How appropriately named “The Relentless Group. But still they use typical racist, anti-sematic tactics and phrashes of people who follow none other than their racist, bullying leader Donald “con-man” Trump. How is it we expect anything else from this group?

    • morstar

      May 12, 2020 at 8:01 am

      This political behavior is reprehensible, however, so is the attempt to connect the President to this failed campaign. Republicans work toward solutions and a moral justice. Democrats play identity politics and relentless personal attacks on the President and then are insulted when he fights back.

      Marcie Adkins, you have failed if you are a Republican, you must step down, or become a Democrat because your actions fit right in to their game plan.

    • LnR68

      May 12, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      Seriously! You libtards just never shutup! How immature of you. Get a binky or get a life!

  • Dennis Flanagan

    May 11, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    So did you, the reporter, verify any of the claims? Have you seen the Facebook postings? If they exist, were they from someone associated with Adkins campaign?

    • morstar

      May 12, 2020 at 8:06 am

      You can’t view something that doesn’t exist. Good luck Randy Fine. You are a good man and an excellent representative of the people. Thank you for your work.

  • Edward

    May 12, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Fine sounds like a typical liberal snowflake when he says “hate speech disguised as free speech.” There is no such thing snowflake Randy. Free speech is free speech. Hate speech is what liberal snowflakes say when they cant win an argument on its merits. Randy stop acting like a liberal snowflake. Free speech is free speech. Anti semitism is wrong. So is shutting down free speech by calling it hate speech. I expect this garbage from a liberal snowflake but not from a supposed conservative. Stop acting like a liberal snowflake Randy.

  • Dale

    May 12, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Marcie Adkins did NOT approve the actions of Robert Burns who made this comment under discussion.
    As we all know, Burns and Fine have had an ongoing feud which included Sheriff Ivey a few months ago.
    Burns’s self-professed claims of managing Marcie Adkins’s campaign are false. He is under contract for “political consulting” and no more.

    After all the inappropriate, bullying, distasteful, and yes anti-Semitic comments on record by the sitting candidate, and State Representative Randy Fine, for him to play “victim” again, is laughable, manipulative, and repugnant.
    #FineHasToGo

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