Via American Crossroads comes this… evolution of the views of Patrick Murphy.
This is seriously bad news: Alan Grayson raised only $743K and has $252K cash on hand. How does he expect to beat Patrick Murphy for the Florida Senate Democratic nomination, when Murphy raised $1.5M, and has $3.5M COH? – And the polling isn’t so hot, either: sure, PPP has him ahead… but it’s PPP.
…What can I say? I’d rather have Alan Grayson conceding on Election Night than Patrick Murphy. Having Patrick Murphy lose is just business; there’s nothing personal there. But Grayson? Yeah, Grayson makes it a little personal for us.
Nice to see that the DCCC still hasn’t learned how to play this game:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was involved in reviewing maps submitted Tuesday to the court by one group of plaintiffs challenging the state’s congressional districts.
The admission that partisan organizations were involved in drawing maps that are formally being considered by the court adds yet another layer of political intrigue to the case. The Florida Supreme Court invalidated the current congressional lines back in July — finding them unconstitutionally drawn to favor Republicans and at odds with state anti-gerrymandering provisions — in part because Republican consultants were involved in drawing the first round of maps.
…so having a bunch of Democratic consultants draw the second round is probably not going to fly all that well with the courts. Kind of a rookie error there, in fact. I mean, Democrats in California were much better in sneaking their partisan maps through the process, honestly. (more…)
Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties, will hold a press conference Sunday according to his spokeswoman Angela Starke.
Starke did not say what Ashton would be speaking about, but the press conference announcement comes the day after a published report on the website East Orlando Post linked Ashton’s name to the leak of data from the Ashley Madison website.
It’s a shame that the Orlando Sentinel didn’t look up… the Orlando Sentinel on this one; then they might have noted that Jeff Ashton is a Democrat. Then again, possibly they might not have, either. It’s always a craps shoot with the newspapers when it comes to this game.
Live by the regulatory State, get royally screwed by it:
Three of the 16 Planned Parenthood facilities inspected in Florida last week were performing procedures beyond their licensing authority, and one facility was not keeping proper logs relating to fetal remains, officials announced Wednesday.
The Agency for Health Care Administration released a report saying clinics in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Naples were performing second-trimester abortions when they were only licensed to perform first-trimester abortions. The report also found that a Pembroke Pines clinic was not following its own procedures for the labeling and dating of the disposal of fetal remains.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist all but announced his intentions to run for Congress in a Tampa Bay-area House seat that will likely be redrawn to include his home, have more Democrats and lack an incumbent.
“If the new congressional map includes my home, I intend on running to serve the people again,” Crist said in a Twitter post on Monday afternoon.
As the story notes: this is not an Alan Grayson kind of situation. A redrawn FL-13 is, on paper, a good fit for the former governor and former Republican and former Senatorial candidate and former Independent… who presumably will be staying a Democrat for this race, because that’s a lot of ‘formers.’ And with incumbent David Jolly deciding to run for Senate, Crist might actually win. (more…)
Do you believe in miracles?
Oh, don’t tease me like this.
The first statewide survey of the [Florida] Democratic Senate race since [Alan] Grayson formally announced his campaign found Grayson leading [Patrick] Murphy by nearly seven points – 30 to 23 percent. Just over 17 percent said “someone else,” and 22 percent are undecided.
Dear Lord, does this man not have any hobbies?
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is strongly considering a political comeback in 2016 now that a new state Supreme Court ruling nearly guarantees that a swing congressional seat will be redrawn to rope in his home along with a gaggle of Democrats, sources tell POLITICO.
Via @rumpfshaker. Mind you, we’re all just assuming that Charlie Crist will run as a Democrat, and not as a Green, or a Reform, or a Libertarian… OK, if it’s going to be one of those three it will have to be as a Libertarian, precisely because the idea of Crist running as a libertarian boggles the mind. The point is – well, I guess the point is: dear Lord, does this man not have any hobbies? And I am being nice; the alternative possibility is that Charlie Crist has some sort of compulsive disorder* that requires him to be constantly running for office. (more…)