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Florida GOP starts fund-raising campaign to unseat high court justices

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican anger at the Florida Supreme Court hasn't abated with the end of the battle over the presidential election. Some GOP activists in the state are trying to raise money for what they promise will be a campaign to unseat some of the state high court's justices.

"Now, finally, is the time to send a clear message to the Florida State Supreme Court that we will not tolerate their efforts to hijack the presidential election for Al Gore," says a direct-mail fund-raising letter by a group that calls itself the "Emergency Florida State Supreme Court Project."

The fund-raising letter is signed by Mary McCarty, a Republican commissioner in Palm Beach County, one of the counties at the center of the recount dispute.

"Well as an elected Republican I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more," McCarty writes in the fund-raising letter.

"Now is the time to strike a blow for conservative principles," the letter says, requesting contributions up to $1,000. The letter said the goal is to raise $4.5 million for a campaign to lobby Florida voters to oppose the retention of three state Supreme Court justices - Wells, Shaw and Amsted. High court appointments in Florida are made by the governor but voters then pass judgment as to whether they are retained.


Tuesday, January 9, 2001


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