Po Boys in Pensacola
Tom Gallagher ended his bus tour Saturday with a 175-person picnic with supporters in Pensacola's Seville Square. Campaign organizers, in fact, ran out of the shrimp and ham and cheese po boys for guests, most of whom looked like they'd come straight from church. The event was full of patriotic fare honoring veterans, including a 17-member band that ran through the different songs of each military branch, hundreds of handheld flags and a gazebo festooned with red, white and blue bunting.
Gallagher remains upbeat and energetic, despite logging 1,075 miles in 20-ton bus in the last four days, with a posse of reporters in tow. He continues to say he believes polls have greatly exaggerated his opponent's advantage and that voters are continuing to shift to his column. Case in point: John Roberts, vice chairman of the Escambia REC, who told reporters at the picnic he took the Charlie Crist bumper sticker off his car after the first gubernatorial debate in Tampa. He didn't like his answers on gay civil union and abortion. He now has a Gallagher sticker on his car.