TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- The Republican contest for the soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat in Florida has gotten so hot that the state party leader has stepped in and said -- stop it.
Chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan said if the candidates don't stop battering each other, they will be barred from party events, The Miami Herald reported Friday.
The catalyst was an Internet ad by former Rep. Bill McCollum saying one opponent, Mel Martinez, reminds him of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. He said both are "liberal trial lawyers."
Jordan said comparing GOP candidates to Democrats crossed the line.
The chairwoman asked all the candidates to pledge to stop "personal or character attacks that serve no other purpose than to destroy someone's reputation."
She calls it the 11th Commandment pledge after former President Ronald Reagan, who came up with the concept.
McCollum said he will sign the pledge but won't withdraw the ad.