Who's that big shot Dem campaigning for GOP Fla House candidate?
Whoda thunk you'd see Democratic consultant Steve Schale pounding the pavement in Pinellas County on behalf of Republican state House candidate Chris Latvala? Schale, after all, is one of the brightest lights in Florida Democratic political circles, having helped Obama win Florida twice and now helping Charlie Crist, try to unseat Gov. Rick Scott. And House District 67 at least on paper should be one of the more competitive districts in Florida, one in which some credible Democrats are running.
"Lord. Chris is a friend. That's all it is," Schale responded when asked if he was wearing his senior Crist advisor hat, his lobbyist hat, or his idealist, bi-partisan advocate hat while knocking on doors for Latvala. (Chris' whose father, Republican Sen. Jack Latvala could become Senate President, and also prove helpful to Schale and his clients).
" I'm walking for Karen Castor this weekend. Both were friends before I put on any Crist or lobbying jerseys. And yes, there is an element of trying to do my very small part to reduce the partisan temperature," Schale said. "I remain an idealist, even after nearly 20 years in the business."
Schale also reminded us that in '06, then-Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist reached across the aisle to support his friend, Democrat, former USF St Pete Dean Bill Heller, in another competitive Pinellas state House race.