Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh held a press conference in downtown Orlando on Tuesday morning, where he announced that he had filed suit against two political action committees and their anonymous supporters for negative campaign mailers and tv commercials he said libeled in him during his reelection race last year.
Accompanied by Morgan and Morgan Attorneys Frank Kruppenbacher and former Judge Belvin Perry, the trio described the negative facts listed on campaign mailers sent to Orange County voters including accusations of false arrests, debts, and lawsuits.
“We have seen outside interests and the use of their money get involved in campaigns by spreading falsehoods and attacking folks with mailers that are not true.” said Perry “This seriously affects our democratic process. It’s an issue that strikes at the very heart of our democracy.”
The lawsuits names the PACs “Leadership for Florida Future” and “For A Better Orange County”. Also named are John and Jane Doe which will allow the Judge on the case to add any individuals or organizations tied to the mailers to be added to the suit at a later date. The libel action is also being done by Singh as a private citizen at no cost to the taxpayers.
“The actions were maliciously untrue.” added Kruppenbacher “He really is standing up for all of the people that want to run for office and all of the elected officials. This is what is causing good quality candidates to not run for office.”
Candidates are also lining up for the Orange County Mayor race, which Singh could possibly enter. The goal is to not only identify who sent the mailers but to end the practice of deceptive mailers in political contests playing out in Central Florida.
The property appraiser was limited in his remarks as to not disturb his attorney’s work on the case but offered some comment on what he believed needed to happen.
“This was a smear campaign orchestrated by entities that are unknown. Who are these entities? What do they have to gain?” he asked “These are relevant questions that the voters of Orange County deserve to know.”