Meanwhile, Alberto forced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis to cancel a property insurance-related campaign event in the Panhandle scheduled for today. Rival Democrat Rod Smith had to miss a Bill Clinton fundraiser in Orlando Monday, and Smith's campaign manager audibly groaned when asked about the e-mail supporters had sent inviting Tampa Bay residents to meet Smith in Ybor City next week: "Hurricane Rod returns to Tampa!"
Get ready for the trickiest dance of the political season - the hurricane two-step. It's the tough new reality of campaigning in Florida, where too-busy hurricane seasons are becoming the norm. Campaign appearances and fundraising can come to a sudden halt and candidates tread a fine line to avoid being seen as exploiting a natural disaster. More here.