Democrats offer up metrics -- on their fundraising dinner
Here's a new one -- an infographic touting a dinner. This one is about the Florida Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson dinner, held Saturday at the Westin Diplomat in Broward.
The party offers up on its web site its metrics for what says was an unprecedented number of attendees and $850,000 in money raised (compared to last year's $600,000.) It even measured the applause, with a decibel meter.
Then there's what the graphic didn't measure:
* the rift between House Democrats;
* the rejection of former state Sen. Nan Rich, who is running for governor, from the speaker's platform;
* the reaction to Alex Sink, former CFO who narrowly lost to Rick Scott and is considering entering the race again;
* or the crowd's receptiveness to likely-Democratic candidate and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.
A new Quinnipiac University poll out today did take a measurement on some of those folks. Respondents said that if the election were held today both Crist and Sink would defeat incumbent Gov. Rick Scott while too few people know about Rich to judge her. Download 061813 FL GOV POLL + BP
Update: Republican political consultant Brian Burgess notes that, based on a report published in the Palm Beach Post last year, Democratic Party organizers in 2012 actually reported a higher number of people in attendance (1,000) and a fundraising threshold of $750,000.
"Either the Florida Democrats are lousy at math, or they're lousy at telling the truth,'' he said.
Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp, who wasn't with the Florida party last year, responded that the actual number of attendees in 2012 was closer to 900 and the amount reported as raised was based on amount pledged. This year's number, he said, was based on checks delivered and he stands by the percentages reported.