Quiggle Says Thrasher Allies are Spying on Him
The already heated State Senate special election took an even uglier turn today with allegations that individuals working on behalf of the Thrasher campaign have been caught videotaping rival candidate Dan Quiggle's home.
Luanne Quiggle, wife of Dan Quiggle, held a press conference at 3pm today to discuss the matter which was first reported in a blog posting on the Orlando Sentinel's website.
"I demand that John Thrasher asks his allies to stop this behavior, destroy any videotapes and apologize immediately,” stated Luanne Quiggle.
The Orlando Sentinel contacted the Quiggle campaign earlier today, saying that they had gotten a copy of a tape that showed Quiggle meeting with several trial lawyers. Sentinel reporter Aaron Deslatte reports that operatives supporting John Thrasher provided the blurry video taken of Quiggle's home. The Sentinel has made a clip availble (edited to remove the sound) on video sharing site YouTube...
"We've been told for a while that people were following Dan around and videotaping him and his home, but we didn't believe it at first," said Quiggle campaign spokesman Adam Guillette. Guillette went on to add that the Quiggle campaign will call for an investigation and suggested that a felony has been committed.
The Thrasher campaign has "flatly denied" any involvement in the taping, according to David Hunt of The Florida Times-Union.
Both of the other candidates in the race, School Board Member Stan Jordan and City Councilman Art Graham, denied having anything to do with the video and said they hadn't heard anything about this story until we contacted them.
"That's just the nature of this," Graham said. "As a public figure, this kind of thing becomes fair game. If a normal person gets a speeding ticket, no one cares. But if I get a speeding ticket, it's in the newspaper. Welcome to politics."
"I'm flying my plane, and I don't have time to provide adult supervision for anybody else," said Jordan. "I don't like that kind of stuff, I don't do it, and I've never done it in my career."
"I think all the political games and mudslinging in this race is ridiculous, we need to get back to the issues at hand," added Graham. "We need to bring common sense back to government."