Growing number of candidates criticized over Eric Robinson association

News a State Attorney would handle the investigation of a criminal complaint on Eric Robinson startled Florida’s political world. Now, countless Republicans face calls from opponents to distance themselves from the prominent campaign treasurer.

Katherine Norman, a Democrat challenging Sen. Joe Gruters, put a digital ad online Monday trashing the Republican Party of Florida chair for not only employing Robinson as a campaign treasurer but continuing a business partnership. Gruters and Robinson together lead Robinson, Gruters & Roberts CPA, a Venice-based firm whose address and phone number appear on dozens of candidates’ filing reports each year.

“Gruters’ business partner has been called ‘The Prince of Dark Money,’” an ad states. “Now he’s answering to election law violations … How can Joe Gruters get dark money out of politics when it is in his own office?”

It’s one of numerous attacks coming at candidates who continue to employ Robinson. But no one to date has fired Robinson over the development.

For his part, Robinson dismisses it all as part of a dirty political trick, starting with a written accusation of a crime that he considers baseless.

“It’s totally bogus,” he said. “The Democrats are just using

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