False Claims in “Push Poll” Containing Lies About Hunter’s Views Covered in Tampa Bay Times

Bilirakis Campaign Refused to Confirm or Deny Involvement

The Tampa Bay Times reported on a “push poll” conducted in the run-up to the primary election in which voters were told lies about Chris Hunter’s views. Incumbent Gus Bilirakis’ campaign refused to confirm or deny involvement.

Hunter said the telephone poll, conducted days before the primary, asked voters whether they would be more or less likely to vote for him if they knew he wanted to dismantle U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and open the borders, when in reality, he does not support either concept.
The poll also asked whether voters would be more or less likely to back Hunter if they knew he supported House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for House Speaker. Hunter said he would not support Pelosi, saying “we need to have a new generation of leaders in Congress.”
“The willingness to sow disinformation is such a dangerous precedent that has already been set, and now politicians like Gus Bilirakis are using that play from the dirty tricks playbook to, in this instance, hang on to the seat his father bequeathed him.” Hunter told the Tampa Bay Times Monday.

Read the full article here http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/08/27/eleventh-hour-push-poll-spreads-false-claims-about-bilirakis-challenger-chris-hunter/