(Orlando, Florida) – In a stunning denouncement of a career of intimidation; prosecutorial misconduct and selective prosecution, State Attorney Lawson Lamar was thrown out of office in a landslide win by the voters of Orange and Osceola counties. Former prosecutor Jeff Ashton, who spent a career trying and convicting criminals for the state attorney’s office pledged a new day at the office and a house-cleaning from the top down.
Ashton had received support from a broad coalition of political groups and activists during the campaign. From Ax the Tax and the Florida Tea Party to liberal democrats, Ashton attracted a winning combination of supporters that demanded change in the Lamar regime.
John Mica, also supported by the legitimate Florida Tea Party and many other conservative groups crushed fellow congressman Sandy Adams to win re-election with over 62% of the vote. Adams’ campaign was marked by a steady stream of misleading ads and attacks on conservative groups and leaders, a tactic that was clearly rejected by the landslide vote of the Republican voters in District 7.
Another stunning upset win occurred in Congressional District 9, where longtime conservative leader Todd Long obliterated Osceola County Commissioner John Quinones who had the support of the more liberal GOP establishment in the area. Long won with over 50% of the vote against three competitors and left Quinones in the dust with a 20% margin.
Long will go on to face Democrat Congressional nominee Alan Grayson in November.