Aug
12
2014
8

2006 Charlie Crist viciously attacks 2014 Charlie Crist in new attack ad!

This was, of course, inevitable.

Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist.

“Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths. … Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on Election Day.”

(more…)

Aug
06
2014
3

New anti-Crist ad: ‘Not a Penny.’

(Via @tsgop) This is a nice hit: I was previously unaware that Charlie Crist, the Democratic (this week, at least) candidate for Florida-GOV, has never paid property taxes.

Mind you, I did already know that Charlie Crist was capable of lying about Rick Scott raising property taxes (even the liberal Politifact couldn’t get higher than ‘Mostly False‘ about that one).  I just hadn’t realized that Crist had never actually owned property in Florida on his own hook.  The only thing that I find more amazing than the fact that Crist seems to think that he can completely reinvent himself from being an opportunistic and somewhat shaky Republican into a fairly doctrinaire and uninspiring Democrat is that the Florida Democratic party is so intellectually and morally parched that they have no other choice but to let him.

I really do think that Rick Scott’s going to pull this one out of the dive.  Can’t say that about every race, maybe, but I like our chances with this one.

Moe Lane

Jun
25
2014
2

The surprisingly unsurprising Florida-19 race.

And it truly is at least a little surprising:

Republican Curt Clawson cruised to an easy victory in Florida’s 19th Congressional District on Tuesday in a special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned his seat in January after he was convicted of cocaine possession.

With all precincts reporting, Clawson had earned 67 percent of the vote. Democrat April Freeman had 29.3 percent to finish second, while Libertarian Ray Netherwood finished a distant third with 3.7 percent.

You would expect that an R+11 district would be favored to put a Republican in office, but there’s that entire ‘convicted of cocaine possession’ with regard to the previous officeholder.  I remember that, back in 2006 and 2008, such a revelation would end up being slopped all over not only the disgraced politicians, but all of the politician’s partisan colleagues (and the party as a whole) as well. I guess it really isn’t going to be 2006 or 2008 this election cycle, after all.

At least, not for us.

Jun
03
2014
4

@_FloridaMan versus Judge Throw-Down!

This Florida Man tweet does not oversell.

…it truly does not. You can’t see it – it happened behind closed doors – but you can hear it.

That Twitter account is almost a national goram resource.

May
29
2014
8

Meet Corrine Brown, FL-05 representative and… vehement Florida Veterans Affairs booster.

I would like to assure my readers that the following is neither a Saturday Night Live skit, nor a Onion News Network video special.  The woman shown in it is Corrine Brown, who is indeed a sitting Congresswoman from Florida.  Florida’s Fifth district, in point of fact.  And that is very likely even her own hair.

[link fixed]

(more…)

May
13
2014
3

And David Jolly (R) pretty much now a lock on winning FL-13 in November.

Normally you don’t want to say things like that; but in this particular case… it’s not that the Democrats had been reduced to supporting non-party candidate Ed Jany after Alex Sink abruptly indicated that she wouldn’t run again in that district. You can sometimes work around a problem like that, assuming that you have the right candidate. No, what makes this a bridge too far is that the Democrats don’t even have that candidate anymore:

More details on that here. Suffice it to say that the DCCC has pretty much defecated in the blankets on this one; it’s one thing to make bricks without straw, and quite another to make them without actual clay. One wonders if the DCCC is even going to keep trying on this one…

Moe Lane

Apr
29
2014
14

It’s like Alan Grayson has to find new and exciting ways to be a putz.

I cannot imagine doing something like this to my children.

When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wed to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman’s lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis 

And by ‘this’ I mean ‘making horribly public allegations about their mother.’ I don’t have the slightest idea whether said allegations are true or not, but good Lord.  How was the man planning to explain this to his youngest children? (more…)

Apr
17
2014
4

Charlie Crist loses new spokesman.

The guy - Eric Conrad – was fresh off of mucking about with Obamacare enrollment efforts in Florida, which argues for a certain amount of applied despair and heightened sense of futility.  But he barely lasted a week as Crist’s spokesman, and nobody’s exactly sure why.  In my experience, that usually means that the reason is actually fairly epic.  I look forward to finding out what it is…

 

 

Apr
11
2014
5

Rick Scott and GOP crushes Charlie Crist and Democrats in latest fundraising totals.

I am not surprised, but I suspect that the Democrats are:

Quarterly fundraising reports filed in Tallahassee on Thursday illuminate the big advantage Republicans are likely to have heading into this year’s governor’s race, in which Gov. Rick Scott will fight for re-election against likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Combining fundraising by their state parties, their campaign organizations and the independent committees backing each candidate, Scott and the Republican side raised about three times as much as Crist and the Democratic side in the first three months of 2014.

(more…)

Mar
20
2014
4

FL-13 Fallout Watch: Two Democratic House candidates drop out this week.

(H/T: AoSHQ) The two were Mike Parrish in PA-06 (Lean Republican) and Buffie McFadyen in CO-0[3] (Safe Republican). Of the two, obviously Parrish is the more disappointing news for Democrats… but it’s interesting to note that ‘R+5′ is apparently enough to be effectively out of the realm of possibility for Democrats this cycle anyway.  I remember a time when it was not, and that time was 2006 and 2008.

I know, I know, it’s vaguely minor news and everything.  But if you’re wondering why people are making certain assumptions about the 2014 election cycle, it’s because of stories like these.  You look at who is running, who is retiring, who is staying out of races, who is jumping in… money, too, of course, but money tends to get cancelled out by other money.  In the end, the people running are the biggest part of this picture.  To mangle Machiavelli… gold may not get you good candidates, but good candidates can always get you gold. (more…)

Mar
18
2014
7

This is, remarkably, Rick Scott’s best poll yet.

This would normally be a horrible poll for Governor Rick Scott…

34% Crist
33% Scott
…17% Somebody Else
17% Don’t Know/No Answer

…except of course that the polling historically has been worse for Scott since, well, forever.  Essentially, the reason why Charlie Crist has gotten this far is that he always polled very well against Scott; will that remain true, now that Florida voters internalize the idea that voting for Charlie Crist means, well, voting for Charlie Crist?  Time will, as they say, tell. (more…)

Mar
11
2014
8

So. Alex Sink’s people are stealing David Jolly signs, bragging about it on Twitter.

Astounding.

 

This is, of course:

  1. illegal;
  2. pointless (it’s Election Day); and
  3. stupid to brag about. Especially on Twitter.

Seriously, why is it that young people don’t seem to understand that everything you do on social media is, well, social and media? Aren’t they the ones who grew up with these platforms?

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