WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – A Florida attorney has the ire of many after recently discussing his plan to move to Georgia to run the state runoff election in the Senate race.
There’s only one problem. He’s not the right type.
West Palm Beach attorney Bill Price told WPTV that he has received hateful emails and phone calls since Fox News reported on another Florida attorney who happened to have the same name as Price, who was used by Georgian officials for the attempt to vote illegally has been investigated.
“I have nothing to do with him,” said Bill Price, whose office is in West Palm Beach, on Thursday. “He’s not related to me. But our office received calls and our website was blocked with hatred, bullying and other defamatory comments all day.”
The other Bill Price made headlines for what he said during a November 7 speech to the Bay County Republican Party in Florida.
“If we lose the Senate in Georgia on January 5th, we will become Venezuela,” said the other Bill Price.
This Bill Price said he was moving to his brother’s house in Georgia and encouraged others to come with him.
“I will invite each of you to be my roommate in Georgia,” he said in the since-deleted Facebook video. “I’m moving to Georgia. I’m just changing my voter registration and inviting 2 million people to be my roommate if they want. We’ll make room for you at the dinner table.”
But Bill Price, who works as a lawyer in Palm Beach County, said he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and even teach it to students in Palm Beach County schools. He said he received messages “from Washington, DC, with people who don’t even know me.”
The email messages Bill Price received in South Florida included:
“I hope you will be prosecuted and lose your license to practice.” “Hahaha, you will go to jail and lose your license.” “Shame on you. Go and crawl back under the rock you crawled out of.” “I’m just wondering if this is the law firm that encourages criminal activity? Are you all criminals or is it just the managing partners?”
A spokesman for Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said registering to vote without the intention of permanent residency is a criminal offense.
“In Georgia, only permanent residents are eligible to vote,” spokesman Walter Jones told Fox News.
The Panama City attorney Bill Price told Fox News that he completed a Georgia voter registration form online but only did so to expose Democrats who tried to vote illegally. He said he was just kidding about moving to Georgia.
But that’s not a confirmation of Bill Price more than 500 miles away.
“It has been very damaging to my staff and I want to make sure this stops,” he said.