Florida Democrats want Richard Corcoran to cancel meeting with Roger Stone


Florida Democrats want House Speaker Richard Corcoran to cancel his meeting with notorious Republican political operative Roger Stone.

During a speech Wednesday at the Capitol Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee, Stone said a mutual friend set up a meeting with Corcoran later that day. Corcoran hasn't made an announcement yet, but he's a likely gubernatorial candidate.

Democrats say Corcoran's meeting with Stone marks "a new low" for the Speaker after last week a political action committee supporting Corcoran released a racist ad against so-called "sanctuary cities." Democrats say both the Speaker and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who's part of efforts to curtail the federal investigation of the Trump campaign's connections to Russia, are pushing the governor's race to the far right.

"Roger Stone is a racist, sexist conspiracy theorist and Richard Corcoran is debasing the office of the Speaker of the House by meeting with him," said FDP spokesperson Kevin Donohoe in a statement. "Richard Corcoran should be condemning Stone’s bigoted paranoia – not embracing it. Corcoran should immediately cancel this reported meeting and make clear that Stone’s extreme, hateful politics have no place in our state."

After that statement, Stone told Florida Politics that the FDP is "the party of the KKK and segregation." The online media organization also reports that Stone met with Corcoran Wednesday and said the Speaker was "bold enough to win" and dominate the Republican primary when he decides to enter the race.

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