Winner of the week
Jeb Bush. That the David Jolly campaign would spend its scarce resources sending thousands of Pinellas Republicans a letter last week from Jeb Bush — and a stamp — urging them to return mail ballots for Jolly, serves as a reminder of how much influence the former governor wields seven years after leaving office. It's not Gov. Rick Scott or Sen. Marco Rubio all over the TV and mail ads for Jolly....
We knew already that Charlie Crist could convincingly play a Republican or Democrat or independent, depending on the day.
On Saturday, we learned he can also be a darned good stand up comic.
"I'm a guy with a healthy ego. But every time my ego gets a little out of control my wife reminds me that John McCain considered me and Sarah Palin for vice president and decided Sarah was more qualified," Crist told a white tie crowd gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 129th anniversary dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation Saturday night....
More than 600 beltway elites gathered tonight in white tie at the Renaissance Washington for the 129th anniversary dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation. Along with skits from the journalists, the closed event featured Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaking for Republicans, Sec. of State John Kerry speaking for the White House and Charlie Crist for Democrats.
The Gridiron Club, which funds college scholarships and journalism organizations, allows no live tweeting of the dinner, let alone TV cameras or recordings. But at least we can give you Charlie Crist's remarks as prepared for delivery:...
03/08/14 State Roundup
As of Saturday, about 117,000 ballots had been cast in Pinellas County's special election for Congressional District 13 — more than half of the votes likely to be cast — and Republicans are gaining steam in the closing days. The GOP advantage in votes cast more than doubled over the last week to about 4,500 votes.
But for all the talk about an energized, anti-Obama Republican base in this off-year special election, the key to victory on Tuesday — no surprise for a swing district in the swing state of Florida — is swing voters and independents. ...
As of Saturday, about 117,000 ballots had been cast in Pinellas County’s special election for Congressional District 13 - more than half of the votes likely to be cast - and Republicans are gaining steam in the closing days. The GOP advantage in votes cast more than doubled over the last week to about 4,500 votes.
That said, most of what we wrote yesterday still holds, so through the wonders of cut and paste:......
From the Associated Press: Investigators in Florida are not charging U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson over a domestic incident with his estranged wife.Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando said Friday that probable cause didn't exist to support the allegation by Grayson's wife that he had pushed her against the front door of their home.
A judge granted Lolita Grayson a restraining order against the Democratic congressman from Orlando earlier this week after she alleged that Grayson pushed her against the front door of their home last Saturday when he stopped by the house....
As of today, about 113,000 ballots have been cast in Pinellas County's special electon for Congressional District 13, and Republicans have cast 3,756 more ballots than Democrats. We've heard some chatter from Jolly backers about a dramatic surge in Republican mail ballot returns in the closing week of the campaign. Republicans are definitely expanding their lead but not yet by enough to be confident. (Since Feb. 28, Republicans cast 10,121 ballots, Democrats 8,341, and others cast 4,430....
Back in 2010, Rick Scott featured his mom in TV ads to convince Florida voters that he was more than the cold, Medicare defrauder that Democrats were portraying him as. He went on narrowly defeat Alex Sink, who kicked off her own congressional campaign in Pinellas County with ads featuring her charming 90-year-old father, Kester Sink, of Mt. Airy, N.C.
Better than that actual ad, though, are these outtakes, which may help explain why Kester is a legendary ladies man around Surry County, N.C.
Lousy fundraising. Bringing his young gal pal on the campaign trail with him when the ink on his divorce papers is barely dry. Ingratitude for the national GOP leaders keeping his campaign afloat. Relying on senior consultants such as Sarah Bascom and Marc Reichelderfer based hundreds of miles away in Tallahassee.
Such are the anonymous complaints from beltway Republicans throwing the Jolly campaign under the bus in a juicy Politico piece that seems more than a little odd considering Jolly appears at this point well within reach of winning:...
Political Connections Sun: Elections chief: Why does Sec of State want to make voting less convenient?03/06/14 Blog
Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark appears Sunday on Political Connections on Bay News 9, where she predicts turnout in the widely watched special election to succeed C.W. Bill Young will be 35 to 40 percent, with at least half the votes cast before Tuesday.
Clark, a Republican, also laments that Secretary of State Ken Detzner is pushing legislation to bar counties from accepting absentee ballots anywhere but in an elections office. More than 40 percent of Pinellas county's absentee ballots are dropped by voters at 14 drop-off locations, including tax collector offices, libraries and other offices....
About 200 political ads are running per day on television in a vacant Florida congressional district ahead of a special election next week.
Democrat Alex Sink, Republican David Jolly and seven groups active in the March 11 election in the Tampa Bay-area 13th District together paid for ads that ran 2,668 times in a 14-day period ending yesterday — a rate of 191 ads per day — according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising....
From the PolitiFact Florida team:
In Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address Tuesday, he claimed he had fulfilled his key 2010 campaign promises to curb spending and help employment rebound. He also touted the state's education system.
PolitiFact Florida rated his speech on the Truth-O-Meter.
During his administration, Floridians have enjoyed quite a bit of tax relief, Scott said. "Together, we have cut taxes 24 times already," he said....
From the Orlando Sentinel:
A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, after his wife filed paperwork accusing the Orlando congressman of shoving and injuring her during an incident this weekend.
Lolita Grayson's petition for the injunction, dated Monday, says her husband pushed her against a door, causing her to fall to the ground, during a confrontation Saturday at their home on Oak Park Road, near Windermere....
Mass email from Charlie Crist campaign this afternoon, after Rick Scott's State of the State address that depicted Crist's tenure in office as miserable for Floridians:
Today, Rick Scott delivered his fourth State of the State address.
And like his last three years in office, it was a list of empty promises -- talking points and pay-to-play politics -- and nothing more.
Rick Scott has had his chance. The people of Florida have had enough.
Chip in $10 today and next year, I'll deliver a State of the State that puts people first.
The people deserve a governor with bold ideas. Someone who can work with members of both parties to strengthen small businesses that create jobs, cut wasteful spending, and make our schools and universities better instead of cutting billions from education spending.
The two parties in Tallahassee won't always agree -- nor should they.
But it's not a sin to reach across the aisle – it's an obligation of leadership, something we've seen far too little of under this governor.
I believe that what unites us as Americans and as Floridians will always be more powerful than the issues that divide us. And if elected, I'll govern with that same sense of inclusion and optimism that will drive us forward together.
Rick Scott doesn’t get that -- but I know the people of Florida do.
Donate $10 or more to be part of the team putting the people back in charge.
Thanks for your support.
God bless you,
If voters in Pinellas County's Congressional District 13 voters know anything about Republican David Jolly by now, it's that he is a FEDERAL LOBBYIST. Democrats have spent millions repeating those two dirty words about Jolly.
As for Sink, the mail is less consistent on the specifics than the general theme: She's an Obama-Pelosi Democrat. At least one GOP group, YG Network has had fun with PhotoShop, sending mailers that over the past few days have cast Sink both as a puppet and a cheerleader. See above....