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Davis gets religion, and a few votes



Davischurch_1 Jim Davis just wrapped up a tour of six black churches in the Miami and Homestead area. With his wife Peggy at his side, he sang and swayed as choirs in all white filled the halls, backed by the sweet whirl of a Hammond B3 organ and a chest-thumping bass guitar.

He promised worshipers that, if elected, he would end use of the FCAT as a "political weapon," automatically restore voting rights to ex-convicts, promote fair elections and lower insurance premiums.

"Last time I came, I had a lot of sins and needed to be forgiven. I came for two services," Davis said, laughing, at Second Baptist Church in the Richmond Heights neighborhood of south Miami. "But I also came back to tell you I picked a wonderful lieutenant governor, Daryl Jones. What Daryl believes and I believe is that we believe in you. That's what this election is about. We are so much better than what's going on in Tallahassee."

Davis was joined by Sen. Bill Nelson, former Gov. Bob Graham and several local black officials, including Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, who pledged to lose 30 pounds by Tuesday, pounding the streets to get out the vote. "I want all of you to stand up and be counted," he said at Covenant Baptist Church.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:37am]


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