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?

Mar
09
2014
5

Two days left on the Florida-19 race.

And here’s a headline that you won’t see every day: “Rand Paul Does American Crossroads Robocall to Thwart Libertarian Candidate in FL-13.”

Sen. Rand Paul is helping Florida GOP candidate David Jolly thwart a Libertarian rival polling at four to seven percent, recording a robocall that touts Jolly as someone who wants to “ensure you, not the government, are making decisions for you and your family.”

The call, funded by American Crossroads, a group former Bush aide Karl Rove helped found, will go out to about 20,000 households. The targets of the call are potential supporters of Lucas Overby, a Libertarian candidate who could take votes from GOP candidate Jolly.

(more…)

Mar
08
2014
5

Dagnabbit. I had an AWESOME @AlanGrayson slam…

…all set to go: but then I remembered that people who are amiable, middle aged, and frankly stout should not make sardonic commentary about people who are also middle aged and stout (replace ‘amiable’ with ‘filled with a seething, soul-corrupting rage’ in Alan Grayson’s case, of course).

So I’ll just note that Mrs. Grayson is now alleging adultery on her husband’s part, and avoid discussing, ah, probabilities. (more…)

Feb
25
2014
4

Well, at least Alex Sink (D CAND, Florida-13) wasn’t talking about “hewers of wood…”

…or “bearers of water:”

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink said immigration reform was important at a Tuesday debate because, without it, it would be difficult for employers to find people to clean hotel rooms and do landscaping.

“Immigration reform is important in our country,” she said. “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”

(more…)

Feb
16
2014
2

Why is @AlexSinkFlorida so starkly terrified of @chucktodd? #fl13

Like Hot Air, I am just a touch bemused at reports that Alex Sink (Democratic candidate for Florida’s 13th district special election) is apparently adamant that she absolutely cannot be at a debate that has NBC’s Chuck Todd moderating it:

When it came to laying down the ground rules for an upcoming debate in the closely watched Florida congressional special election, Democrat Alex Sink — who seems allergic to the national attention her race is getting — had big demands: No NBC. And no Chuck Todd.

(more…)

Jan
27
2014
2

Rep. Trey Radel (R, Florida-19) to resign, and not before time.

That was the freshman caught with cocaine:

Florida Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican congressman who was convicted on cocaine possession charges, will resign from Congress on Monday.

Radel’s future in Congress had been in question following his guilty plea to misdemeanor cocaine possession after being arrested in Washington, D.C. in November, and a subsequent leave of absence from his official duties to attend rehab.

…the seat is not particularly in play.  Anymore. Mind you, if this was 2006 or 2008 I might be privately writing it off; cocaine possession may not be a sex scandal, but it’s not nothing, either.  But FL-19 is R+11 and Democratic recruitment this cycle is nothing to write home about. People should keep an eye on it, but they shouldn’t freak out.

Moe Lane

Jan
15
2014
1

This half-despairing statement from a Florida physician will break your heart. #obamacare

LIBRE has put out this ad out against Joe Garcia in Florida. You see, Rep. Garcia – when he’s not hiring chiefs of staff who later get convicted for election fraud – has been recently trying to quietly distance himself from Obamacare.  Presumably this has been because Obamacare has been generally awful… and awful and arrogantly dismissive of Latino voters. So LIBRE has set up The Accountability Project:

“This law does not put patients first,” the physician, Grazie Pozo Christie, says in the ad. “My patients ask if I will continue to provide care for them, and it pains me to say, ‘I don’t have an answer.’”

(more…)

Jan
09
2014
7

But, Charlie Crist: you WERE chickensh*t for avoiding Bush in 2006. [profanity warning]

This is a simple truth, even if Karl Rove* said it.

The Tampa Bay Times got an early copy and apparently it contains some juicy stuff, including an anecdote about Karl Rove calling the then GOP gubernatorial candidate “chickenshit” for skipping a 2006 rally for George W. Bush.

We’re guessing Charlie’s hoping “Chickenshit Crist” doesn’t catch on as a nickname.

Given that “Chickenshit Charlie” would roll off of the tongue better? Maybe, maybe not.

(more…)

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