Tallahassee City Commissioner Jack Porter is using campaign text messages to attack City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox, who is pro-choice, for her decision not to entangle city commission business with abortion politics.
Back in October, 2021, a resolution came before the Tallahassee City Commission supporting a woman’s right to choose. The resolution passed 3-2 with City Commissioners Williams-Cox and Curtis Richardson voting against the resolution.
Williams-Cox and Richardson voted against the resolution, not because they are against abortion -they are both pro-choice, but because they did not view this as a local issue.
At the time of the vote, Commissioner Williams-Cox stressed her dislike of how “conflated the issue had become.” She said she could not support the resolution, though she believes in a woman’s choice to make the decision regarding her own body. “We are out of our lane here,” she said, “we should not be dealing with this issue. This is an issue for the legislature.”
Now Williams-Cox is being attacked for her decision, not by her opponent, but by her colleague Commissioner Jack Porter, on behalf of her opponent, Adner Marcelin.
Porter is sending out campaign text messages that indicate that the no vote on the resolution was a factor in Porter deciding to target Williams-Cox.
The text message sent to voters, which begins with Hey This is Jack Porter, states in part: “it was when I watched her vote against a resolution protecting a woman’s right to choose…that I finally decided to be part of the solution…..Adner has my full support.”
Tallahassee Reports has previously documented the coordinated effort by the progressive movement to target Dianne Williams-Cox.