Yoho Opponent Jake Rush Responds to Photos, Calls Role-Playing a "Hobby"
Published April 2nd, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A North Central Florida congressional candidate is attempting to defend his character -- and "characters" -- after blog posts and photos surfaced on Tuesday, detailing his involvement in a fantasy role-playing group.
According to blog posts, U.S. Congressional candidate Jake Rush -- who is challenging incumbent Rep. Ted Yoho -- was a frequent participant in a fantasy role-playing group known as "The Mind's Eye Society", in which members would frequently meet to act out scenes from the books on which the group is based on.
Not only does the post contain numerous photos of Rush dressed up as various characters, but it also quotes a violent and sexually explicit post from an online message board that was written by someone posing as a "Chazz Darling", one of the characters Rush was known to impersonate.
Speaking out on Tuesday, Rush acknowledged being a member of the group, but denied ever authoring any crude posts.
"It's not designed to be distasteful, its designed to be acting," said Rush. "When people become too extreme, it becomes gross and obscene. And it's not something we'd want to participate in, or foster," he said.
Rush, an attorney and former Alachua County Sheriffs Deputy, says these latest claims are an attempt by his opponent to smear his reputation.
When asked if he still participates in those groups today, Rush said no, citing his busy campaign schedule.
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