Posted: 3:09 pm Monday, February 28th, 2011

Police attack mayoral candidate Douglas for FBI investigation 

By Andrew Abramson

The police union, who is supporting Paula Ryan, attacked Molly Douglas for her 2007 FBI investigation in the latest negative campaign mailer.

Another Douglas FBI mailer was sent out last week by a group called “Voters Response.” This one was more obvious — the police union logo was on the mailer.

“The police have never been very smart politically, and I’m not surprised to see them behave this way,” Douglas said.

Most of the quotes came from a recent Post article about the investigation. The mailer also called Douglas a “career politician” — the label that Ryan’s campaign has placed on Douglas and Commissioner Jeri Muoio. Ryan, a businesswoman and former city consultant, has never held political office.

Douglas, however, was only involved in politics for a few years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before being elected to West Palm Beach commission in 2007. Muoio was appointed to the commission in 2006.

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Douglas said that it makes sense that she’s getting the brunt of the negative ads.

“That’s because there’s a big red X on my back,” Douglas said. “Our polls are showing that I’m leading. I’d be the logical one to attack.”

Douglas said her campaign won’t send out any negative mailers.

“Negative campaigning almost always bites you in the butt,” Douglas said. “Over three years ago, the FBI looked at my personal business, commission records and didn’t do anything. We think that it’s very important to deliver the message to the voters in a fair fashion. I think it’s disrespectful to voters to start throwing rocks. Of course, I have rocks — Jeri Muoio saying she was vice president of a software company.”

While Muoio’s former company said she had a title of vice president for a year and a half, her job was in sales and she had no staff under her. Douglas said Muoio has been misrepresenting her time there, trying to point to it as leadership ability.