Here you go.
Mason-Dixon poll: Grayson 33, Murphy 32 #FLSEN
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) July 27, 2015
Chris Cillizza was succinct.
Democratic nightmare https://t.co/zwigenb6y7
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) July 27, 2015
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…)
Oh, God, the Senate confirmation hearings. THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS. Marco Rubio can keep asking Charlie questions in Spanish.
Sweet Jesus on a jet pack. If Obsms names @CharlieCrist as ambassador to Cuba my brain will explode.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 30, 2015
This would be like candy to Rick and me and the rest of our sort. CANDY. We’d go nuts.
I haven’t decided whether this Washington Post article on Alan Grayson is an attempt to warm him up to the Beltway, or else warn the Beltway about him. Probably the latter: you don’t say things like “[h]is campaign Web [site] … liberally uses ALL CAPS, which gives you a sense of what a possible Grayson for Senate campaign would be like” in This Town when you’re trying to be nice. On the other hand, there is one really important thing that the WaPo should have been mentioned about Alan Grayson, but neglected to. To wit: in 2010 Alan Grayson had his head handed to him in FL-08, and that was as an incumbent. Daniel Webster winning with 56% of the vote was enough to get Grayson scurrying for another district. (more…)
Speaking as a Republican propagandist and general troublemaker, I love Florida: I truly do. It never disappoints me. Case in point: not only is Alan Grayson running for Senate – because, hey, why would the Democrats want to have both Senate seats in Florida, right? – but he wants his girlfriend to take over his House seat (H/T: @TheRickWilson). “As Florida Rep. Alan Grayson mulls a Senate campaign to the consternation of national Democrats, his girlfriend is quietly preparing her own bid to succeed Grayson in the House, POLITICO has learned.” Her name is Dena Minning, and while under normal circumstances I would readily concede that somebody with a doctorate in biochemistry isn’t a bad get for a House seat in this particular case that’s more than offset by the fact that Dr. Minning apparently thinks that it’s a good idea to date Alan Grayson*.
Oh, this is some prime stuff. Gold. Gold, Jerry!
Republicans, for their part, seem positively giddy at the prospect of [Alan] Grayson in a Senate general election. As Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican consultant in Florida, chortled, “He’d be a mixture of Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, and Hannibal Lecter.” While Wilson said Grayson would be nearly unbeatable in a Democratic primary, he gave him little chance in a statewide election in November. Wilson did add the caveat that he could see a path to victory for Grayson “if all the other Republican candidates were found to be part of a child pornography ring.”
…Yeah, maybe a little unfair to Sharron Angle, but she did under-perform.
Via @BenjySarlin, whose quote of the title (“Florida’s Craziest Liberal Wants to Be a Senator. It’s Nice to Want Things.”) reminds me of one of my late father’s favorite sayings (“It’s Good To Want.”). So I am actually well-disposed and beaming serenely at the the Daily Beast, at this precise moment in time. …Yeah, I dunno how long that’ll last, either. Hopefully until after lunch? I like cheerful lunches.
Well, He loves everybody; but apparently I did something really, really good lately. Like, spectacularly good.
Rep. Allan Grayson is mulling a FL-Sen bid in 2016: “I have over 100,000 individual contributors” http://t.co/cQydL6cleG
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) February 4, 2015
…because oh man but that would be fun.
PS: Click the link for the icing on the cake. There’s apparently only one thing that might keep Alan Grayson from running, and it’s arguably even a more entertaining scenario.
Man. White people: “Surveillance video of a Tuesday morning attack a man carrying a concealed weapon in a Brandon Walmart was released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office today…. Michael Foster, 43, of Lithia, was arrested after he attacked Clarence Daniels, 62, who had a handgun in a holster and a concealed weapons permit Tuesday morning, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.” This happened in… Florida. Indeed. Things like this always happen in Florida, it seems. Anyway, Foster’s in jail for assault, because ‘suspect was a moron’ isn’t really an acceptable reason to arrest anybody any more. Oh, and in case it isn’t obvious: Foster’s white, Mr. Daniels is black, and guess who I’m more sympathetic towards?