The Associated Press reports today that the South Florida-based Southeast Broward Republican Club held an event earlier this week at a gun range where targets included silhouettes of Muslim stereotypes and of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Among those who attended the event was real estate CEO Robert Lowry, who is vying to replace Wasserman Schultz in 2010.More details available here.
I have already sent an email to Mr. Lowry's campaign demanding an apology, which I will include below. I urge everyone, particularly citizens of District 20 (weston, hallandale, aventura, nmb, north miami, miami/downtown, the beaches) to send one as well. Shrugging this off as a "joke" and a "mistake" is not good enough; our citizens demand accountability for such an irresponsible action.
Email lowry at email@example.com
Dear Mr. Lowry,
As a resident of District 20 in South Florida, a voter, and an American citizen, I am shocked and quite frankly horrified by recent news reports that you pretended to shoot at a cut out picture of our Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at a public campaign sponsored event. (See http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/09/gop-candidate-muslims/).
At a time when the rising threat of political violence is all too real in this country, your actions were much more than just in bad taste - they were downright contemptible. I think every single District 20 resident deserves a public and sincere apology for these reprehensible actions, that demonstrates your genuine understanding of why this was such a shameful and intolerable act.
North Miami, FL