With a new TV station poll showing Charlie Crist far ahead of Tom Gallagher, Crist's top campaign aide is warning supporters not to rest on their laurels. Chief of Staff George LeMieux fired off a "campaign update" Wednesday that cited the SurveyUSA poll showing Crist with a 52 percent to 21 percent lead, as well as last week's Florida Chamber poll that had Crist holding a 19-point lead over Gallagher.
"We cannot grow complacent," LeMieux wrote. "We must continue to work as though we are 10 points behind."
As Crist's bus tour swung through Clay County late last week, the traveling press crossed paths with a key Gallagher supporter, John Thrasher, the lobbyist and ex-House speaker who's now a Clay County commissioner. Thrasher exuded confidence that the race will get closer once Gallagher begins TV advertising and voters focus more tightly on the two-man race. "It'll tighten," Thrasher said.