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​Press Release: Florida Voter Poll: KEEP MR. SMITH IN WASHINGTON

PRESS RELEASE October 11, 2017

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Doug Guetzloe - 407-312-1781 Email: floridasshe@gmail.com


Tallahassee - According to a new statewide poll Florida voters are in favor of keeping Mr. Smith in Washington - Edmund Kirby Smith that is. In a Tallahassee press conference earlier today the results were released showing overwhelming support for keeping the statue of Gen. Smith in place as one of two of Florida's contributions to the National Statuary Hall Collection. The poll conducted by nationally recognized research company, Gravis Marketing, showed that 77% of Floridians questioned favored keeping Edmund Kirby Smith, Mexican War Veteran from Florida who also served as Confederate general in Washington, DC. View results here: Executive Summary, detail, crosstabs. This issue will be taken up this third year by the Florida legislature, and Congressional Democrats, led by Deborah Wasserman Schultz are a step closer to removing Smith, with some help of Republicans in the Florida House. "We are deeply saddened that Rep. Neil Combee, Rep. Matt Caldwell and others would go along with this purge of Americana" McCallister added. "Smith exemplifies all the positive aspects that we would all like our children to aspire to - duty - honor - patriotism - service and humanity and Wasserman Schultz seems to despise these American Values. Wasserman Schultz in a reported statement accused Smith of fighting "for a philosophy built on hatred and oppression". "We wonder what sliver of Americana wouldn't falter under this criticism". Wasserman Schultz and the other Congressional democrats are calling for Mr. Smith's hasty departure from Washington as part of a plan to shed the nation's capital of all remnants of Southern Heritage. A bill filed in September by Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) and Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) introduced Senate and House versions of a "Confederate Monument Removal Act" which would mandate the removal of all statues of those who served the Confederate States of America from the National Statuary Hall Collection. "This poll shows that the Congressional Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and "Flip Flop" Charlie Crist and those in the Florida House who are supporting Smith's removal are out of touch with the majority of Floridians" said David McCallister, SSH FL spokesman President Trump asked us to "keep the beautiful statues and monuments". "Republican elected officials who side with Schultz need to consider carefully whose side they on - this poll shows its not the people's side" McCallister concluded. Edmund Kirby Smith was born in St. Augustine, where his family is buried, and was Florida's first West Point Military Academy graduate, where he earned the nickname "Seminole". He served with distinction in the Mexican War, where he was wounded in combat. After the war he served as an instructor at West Point. When Florida joined the Confederate States of American, he was commissioned for service and rose the post of Commander of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi. After the War, he went back into education, teaching mathematics at the University of the South at Suwannee, TN, where he is buried. Smith and his family were instrumental in the education of Alexander Darnes, who would become the first African-American physician in Jacksonville, who is credited for saving thousands of lives in an epidemic that struck the city.

SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected. SSH FL does not condone racism and as such we do not support any group or person that does. We respect the rights and privileges of all as bestowed on them by their creator and expect those in our association to respect and treat others as they themselves would wish to be treated. The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We'll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to lose elections in Florida. More info: www.sshfl.org.


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