And now, the write-in candidate in Pinellas congressional race
If you happen to see a 72-year-old fellow in the next several weeks who has a distinctive set of spectacles and a penchant for talking about such issues as health care and the national debt, stop him and ask if he's running for Congress. It just might be write-in candidate Michael S. Levinson.
Levinson's name will not be on the ballot in the March 11 general election for Pinellas County's open congressional seat. But there will be a blank space in which voters can write in candidates' names. If more people vote for Levinson than Democrat Alex Sink, or Libertarian Lucas Overby, or the eventual Republican nominee (it will be either Mark Bircher, David Jolly or Kathleen Peters), then Levinson wins.
Levinson said he wanted to collect enough signatures to get his name on the ballot in the March 11 general election, but there simply wasn't time -- this seat became open after the Oct. 18 death of longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
However, if he doesn't manage to win as a write-in, he said he already is planning to collect some 5,000 signatures in hopes of getting on the ballot in the next general election, which will be in November.
Levinson said "I'm the best candidate to represent the county because I'm Independent, therefore both partiess have to come to me for my vote." When they do, he says he plans to let them know that if they want his vote, they'll have to support a mass transit program for Pinellas County.
You can view his web site here.
Oh, and about those glasses, which have wide circular lenes. He calls them his trademark. He said they were sunglasses belonging to his mother in the 1970s, which he later repurposed with new lenses.