Statement from Wayne Bertsch to Palm Beach Post
To the Editor,
I am writing to insist that you correct an outrageous error that was
reported by your paper Sunday, November 25.
In a story claiming a conspiracy to change Florida law to suppress
voters, the reporters Dara Kam and John Lantigua took a quote from me
entirely out of context and left readers with the impression that I
confirm that claim. So let me be clear:
1. I never participated in any discussion or meetings with any of the
named individuals about how to create impediments to any voters,
Democrat or otherwise.
2. I am not aware of any Republican (or Democrat for that matter) in
Florida who ever participated in such a discussion.
3. I was never in any meetings to discuss voter behavior or HB 1355.
4. I was never in any meetings with Jim Greer about this or any other
topic related to election law.
5. I have not stepped foot in Republican Party of Florida Headquarters
for more than 6 years, nor have I ever been on contract to the party.
So I am in no position to verify claims made by anyone about the party
or its leadership.
Here’s exactly what did happen:
I was called by Dara Kam, from your publication, and asked what
Republicans like myself thought about the 2008 and 2012 election
results. My comments correctly state that most Republican campaign
professionals were surprised by the turnout in 2008, and many of us
agreed we would need to organize and do a better job of turning out
our voters in 2012. Ms. Kam and John Latigua took those comments and,
unbeknownst to me, wrapped them into the story implying I had joined
an accused criminal and a former Governor with a clear agenda to
reveal some secret plot.
I am in no position to know whether any such plot happened. In fact,
if further questioned by Kam I would have asked her to consider her
sources. Instead, the story misplaced and attributed my quote in a
way that it seems to support off record information which I was not
party to. This is not true, and I want the record to be corrected.