Gov Wannabe Brooks: Friend to Cats and Dogs
In the sea of candidates crowding the meeting of the Hillsborough Republican Executive Committee Tuesday night, Brooks -- earnest, clean cut and likely somewhere shy of 30 -- was there with his modest one-page flyer, business cards and a simple request: "Can you contribute to my campaign," the University of Central Florida graduate asked the Buzz reporter there to hear Tom Gallagher address the group. And when that query failed: "Do you know anyone who can contribute money?"
Brooks could use the cash, with qualifying for statewide offices ending Friday. As of June 30, he had received just $677. We think his candidacy may be a little too narrowly targeted at animal lovers. A news clip search shows just two references to his campaign thus far: An Orlando Sentinel article featuring his support (and that of his Lhasa apso named "Little Dog") for the state's new doggie dining law; and his anticipated attendence in February at Big Cat Rescue's Kids, Cats and Candidates Day.