St. Petersburg, Fla. – Today, after learning of its name and logo appearing in campaign ads attacking Congressman Steve Southerland in the race for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, AARP Florida issued the following statement by State Director Jeff Johnson:
“AARP Florida does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates,” Johnson said. “AARP did not authorize the use of its name or logo in campaign ads paid for by a national organization and now running in the 2nd Congressional District.”
"Florida politicians and their campaign teams know AARP Florida is non-partisan, and that they shouldn't misuse our name," Johnson said. "It's unfortunate third-party groups from outside the state have yet to learn that.”
“AARP has a proud 28-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families so that they can make their own decisions on Election Day,” Johnson said.
“AARP urges all congressional candidates to talk with voters about the future of Social Security, Medicare and financial security at upcoming debates and other forums. We also encourage our members and all Americans to ask questions so they understand where the candidates stand on these and other important issues, and then choose the candidates who best reflects their views and values,” Johnson said.
“AARP Voters’ Guides are available for the 2014 election cycle at www.aarp.org/yourvote. The Guides enable voters to find out where the candidates stand, in their own words, on the future of Social Security, Medicare, financial security, and other critical issues.