- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2015

Staffers of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to arrange a deal with a medical marijuana proponent in Florida that she may be “willing to support a new amendment” in exchange for his retracting negative statements about the congresswoman.

The email exchange, obtained by Politico, occurred after the news website contacted the Florida Democrat’s office Wednesday seeking comment about criticism from Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan and other medical marijuana advocates.

After telling Politico she had no comment, her staffers reached out to Ben Pollara, who was campaign manager for the medical marijuana initiative in Florida, with a deal, the news website reports.

“In a tizzy over this politico story. Saying she might be willing to support new amendment. Any chance you’ll retract your statement,” Mr. Pollara said in an email to Mr. Morgan, with the subject “DWS,” according to Politico.

Mr. Morgan refused to retract his statements, calling Mrs. Wasserman Schultz “a bully.”

“No,” Mr. Morgan said in his email back to Mr. Pollara, according to Politico. “She is a bully. I beat bullies up for a living.”

According to Politico, Mr. Morgan shared the email chain “to show how ‘thin-skinned’ and transactional” the Wasserman Schultz political team is.

Mr. Morgan’s critical comments came after Mrs. Wasserman Schultz in June slammed Florida’s medical marijuana initiative, which Mr. Morgan spend more than $4 million in an effort to pass, Politico reports.

The initiative failed, with almost 58 percent of voters supporting medical marijuana in the state, short of the legally required 60 percent.


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