Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Daughter's School an Issue in Campaign; Candidate's Wife Demands Apology for His Opponent's Statement at a Forum

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Daughter's School an Issue in Campaign; Candidate's Wife Demands Apology for His Opponent's Statement at a Forum

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Byline: PAUL PINKHAM

The wife of state attorney candidate Jay Plotkin is demanding an apology from his opponent for "unfounded accusations" at an Orange Park forum that Plotkin moved his daughter from private to public school for political gain.

But the opponent, Angela Corey, said Monday she stands by her statement and refused to apologize. She said Plotkin made his teenage daughter's education an issue by mentioning her attendance at a public high school during numerous campaign events.

Both campaigns provided video to emphasize their points.

Corey was responding to a question Thursday during a Republican Women of Clay forum at Ridgeview High School when she said she is running for state attorney as a proud single woman whose nieces and nephews are enrolled in public schools.

"I didn't take any of the kids in my family out of private school and put them in public school for appearances' sake," Corey told the gathering, according to a video provided by Plotkin's campaign.

Plotkin's daughter began attending a public high school after graduating from a K-8 private school.

He didn't immediately respond at the forum, but his wife, Cheryl, said she approached Corey when the event ended and demanded an apology. When none was forthcoming, she penned a scathing letter to Corey, which was delivered Monday.

"Your actions are without a doubt the lowest form of political posturing at the expense of my children," reads the letter, written on campaign letterhead. "... In the future, I expect you to leave the parenting of my children to my family and me."

The Plotkins decided to enroll the teen in an honors program at a Duval County public school, a decision they said is shared by numerous parents whose children attend K-8 private schools.

"I was shocked," Jay Plotkin said Monday. "I was sitting there going, 'What is the purpose of this? …

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