TAMPA — Democratic operatives Friday unveiled "Tampa Bay Republicans for Obama," which they called "a mass of Tampa Bay area Republicans who are throwing their support behind the president."
At a Friday morning news conference, they produced four.
The quartet included Charlie Tucker of Largo, whose wife is a Democrat; Melinda Goldman of Brandon, whose last Republican presidential vote was for Ronald Reagan; Jack Slorah of Palm Harbor, who wishes New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were the nominee; and Pam Marron of Pasco County, who said she's sick of the distortions of Obama's tenure. Most of them said they didn't tune in to the Republican National Convention.
The four were introduced by Lacey Rose, deputy press secretary for Obama's west-central Florida operations, in front of a wall of placards stating "Republicans for Obama."
They described themselves as Republican conservatives, but said they don't identify with the party's right wing. Slorah, a retired business executive, was particularly worried about the survival of Medicare and Social Security under Mitt Romney.
The four admitted they weren't exactly a "mass," but said they'd talk up Obama among their Republican friends.
"A lot of us have kept quiet because of the negativity," Marron said. "I don't care anymore. It's not just me, it's many people I know."