Michelle Spence-Jones is not taking her latest suspension from the Miami City Commission quietly.
The District 5 commissioner has taken aim at her two biggest adversaries -- Gov. Charlie Crist, who suspended her again yesterday, and the Miami Herald, which has oft criticized her attempts to keep her seat -- with probably the best news release of the year.
"First of all, I would like to correct the Miami Herald," she writes in the first line of the release. "I did not compare myself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
Spence-Jones is referring to yesterday's column by Fred Grimm, who has roundly blasted Spence-Jones, where he writes:
But Tuesday evening, Spence-Jones, as is her wont, framed her coming collision with Crist as a race issue. She invoked Martin Luther King Jr. and suggested that if Crist removed her so close to MLK Day, it would demonstrate a blatant disrespect a for "everything he stood for."
Not so, Spence-Jones says. "I would never compare myself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," she writes.
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She also blasts Crist anew, saying, "Just because Gov. Crist is falling in the polls like a rock, I refuse to become a key element of strategy in his campaign for U.S. Senate."
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First of all, I would like to correct the Miami Herald; I did not compare myself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I stated that: African-Americans died for our right to vote and that Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life fighting for freedom, justice and equality.
I would never compare myself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It is our position that under Florida law, I had the right to run in the City of Miami special election, and now that the voters have re-elected me, I have the right to serve.
We have filed a lawsuit that will be heard on Tuesday, January 19, because the constitution does not allow a governor the unfretted discretion to treat a Raul Martinez differently from a Michelle Spence-Jones.
Just because Governor Crist is falling in the polls like a rock, I refuse to become a key element of strategy in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Thank you, and I look forward to my day in court.