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Ashley Moody needs to answer for robocalls urging protesters to the Capitol

As Moody so often reminds us, she is the wife of a law enforcement officer.

On Wednesday, before a pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol, robocalls went out urging “patriots” to come to Washington and “fight” the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

The call furthered the same lies that are abundant on conspiratorial Facebook pages and far-right message boards — that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. Even without the benefit of hindsight, it is clear the message was meant to incite the crowd. The tone and verbiage make that much clear.

But it didn’t come from a cell of alt-right insurrectionists. Worse, it was sponsored by a political committee affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General Association.

To be clear, the Rule of Law Defense Fund — a group that represents the Republicans tasked with being the top law enforcement officers in 26 states — is affiliated with a message encouraging lawlessness in our nation’s capital.

Florida’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody, is a Republican. She is not only a member of RAGA, but a member of the association’s Executive Committee. She also, until recently, proudly mentioned her Rule of Law Defense Fund board seat in her official bio on the Florida Attorney General website.

She may claim that she had no knowledge of the calls. She may follow the lead of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the chair of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, and say the calls were the result of “unauthorized decisions” by committee staff.

Moody has shown she is comfortable defending Trump. She even signed onto a frivolous lawsuit to subvert a manifestly open and fair election — an effort that had zero chance of success and only served to keep her name out of Trump’s post-coup Sonderfahndungsbuch.

This call runs counter to everything Moody, and every Attorney General, should stand for. It was bad enough that RAGA Executive Director Adam Piper resigned his post in disgrace.

As Moody so often reminds us, she is the wife of a law enforcement officer. This call may not have been the spark, but it was one of a thousand pieces of kindling that led to the death of a Capitol Police officer.

It’s good, for Moody’s sake, that our justice system doesn’t recognize guilt by association. But it seems a fitting system for our court of public opinion in the post-Trump era.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Joseph Pravda

    January 11, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Florida Bar called…….or did they? They will.

  2. Will this help?

    January 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    From Google:
    Special Prosecution Book-Poland (German: Sonderfahndungsbuch) was the proscription list prepared by the Germans immediately before the onset of war, that identified more than 61,000 members of Polish elites: activists, intelligentsia, scholars, actors, former officers, and prominent others, who were to be interned or shot on the spot upon their identification following the invasion.

    She is also a law enforcement officer, or at least supposed to be.

  3. Sonja Fitch

    January 11, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Loser and traitor! There is no Republican Party! There is only the goptrump death cult sociopaths! Yes Moody you are a goptrump death cult sociopath ! Get out. Please take Rutherford with you! Another law enforcement goptrump death cult sociopath!

  4. Steve Emerson

    January 11, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    The election was Fraudulent. Under the guise of Covid democrat lawsuits an activist judges modified voting rules to make it ripe for fraud. The force mailing a ballast everyone on the voter rolls the on purged voter rolls, resulting in tens of millions of ballots untethered to an actual voter in nine states. Unless these changes are undone we will never have a free or a fair election again

  5. Palmer Tom

    January 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Moody’s and others’ calls seem disingenuous until proven otherwise.

  6. Jimmy Conner

    January 11, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Don’t know the author but article seethes of liberal, left wing bias which is about 99% of what is posted these days.

  7. Marelyn Shapiro

    January 12, 2021 at 9:26 am

    If our system does not recognize guilt by association why are criminals charged with murder in a crime in which they either drove get away car or just were present during the crime?

  8. Marelyn Shapiro

    January 12, 2021 at 9:28 am

    All people who breached the capitol should be held responsible for conspiracy to commit murder.

  9. Steve

    January 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Obviously you failed your James Joyce writing course.

  10. Tom mims

    January 12, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    And how many of the “staff” they’re blaming have been fired?

  11. Becca Helen

    January 13, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Taxpayer$ can no longer sustain these on going frivolous lawsuit$ like the ones Bondi,band now Bondi 2.0 drag us into for sheer self aggrandizement and career climbing. Moody, at the very least, is an accomplice to Republicon domestic terrorism. Floriduh is becoming an enabler to fascism. Moody MUST RESIGN, and investigated.

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