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2020712 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2006-07-15 13:33:00.0 UTC 2006-07-15T09:33:00.000-04:00 content/selling-jim-davis-masses published 2010-09-15 19:07:23.0 UTC 2010-09-15T15:07:23.000-04:00 drupal 100937 Anita Dunn has polished the public images of some of the biggest names in Democratic politics: Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and Florida's Bob Graham. All three came with obvious assets. Obama has charisma. Bradley brought academic and athletic skills. Graham connected with people in a way that made him one of the state's most popular governors and senators. But now Dunn, a veteran political consultant and television ad maker, is taking on a client who poses a different challenge: Jim Davis. The Tampa congressman and candidate for governor has never run statewide, is facing a strong challenge from Democratic rival Rod Smith and may lack the millions needed for a sustained TV campaign. He is also widely perceived as the least dynamic personality in the four-man contest. "Ads can make or break someone," said Morgan Felchner, editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. "Candidates are more likely to win over voters with charisma. If a person lacks that, they are going to have to work a lot harder." Can Dunn pull it off? She thinks so. Times Editor the-buzz-florida-politics Selling Jim Davis to the masses templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2006/07/15/100937-selling-jim-davis-masses BlogArticle But now Dunn, a veteran political consultant and television ad maker, is taking on a client who poses a different challenge: Jim Davis. The Tampa congressman and candidate for governor has never run statewide, is facing a strong challenge from Democratic rival Rod Smith and may lack the millions needed for a sustained TV campaign. He is also widely perceived as the least dynamic personality in the four-man contest. 2264703 2016-02-09 19:29:56.0 UTC 6 Months Ago mass-mailing-of-ballots-begins-in-advance-of-floridas-primary the-buzz-florida-politics Mass mailing of ballots begins in advance of Florida's primary BlogArticle 2286724 2016-07-25 12:59:51.0 UTC 1 Month Ago gov-scott-statement-on-mass-shooting-at-fort-myers-club the-buzz-florida-politics Gov. Scott's statement on mass shooting at club in Fort Myers BlogArticle 2260541 2016-01-08 15:58:33.0 UTC 8 Months Ago rubio-tries-to-sell-himself-as-eventual-nominee the-buzz-florida-politics Rubio tries to sell himself as eventual nominee BlogArticle <div style="clear:both;"></div>Anita Dunn has polished the public images of some of the biggest names in Democratic politics: Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and Florida's Bob Graham. All three came with obvious assets. Obama has charisma. Bradley brought academic and athletic skills. Graham connected with people in a way that made him one of the state's most popular governors and senators. <p>But now Dunn, a veteran political consultant and television ad maker, is taking on a client who poses a different challenge: Jim Davis. The Tampa congressman and candidate for governor has never run statewide, is facing a strong challenge from Democratic rival Rod Smith and may lack the millions needed for a sustained TV campaign. He is also widely perceived as the least dynamic personality in the four-man contest.</p> <p>&quot;Ads can make or break someone,&quot; said Morgan Felchner, editor of <span style="font-style:italic;">Campaigns &amp; Elections</span> magazine. &quot;Candidates are more likely to win over voters with charisma. If a person lacks that, they are going to have to work a lot harder.&quot;</p> <p>Can Dunn pull it off? She thinks <a href="http://www.sptimes.com/2006/07/15/Tampabay/Politicians__obscurit.shtml">so.</a></p> <div style="clear:both; padding-bottom: 0.25em;"></div> <p></p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:33:43