September 12, 2006
We are entering the final push in our campaign to return Florida’s First Congressional District to the control of its people. Our campaign has been met with truly unbelievable support from the voters of Northwest Florida, and we are more confident than ever of success in November.
We do, however, need your support and encouragement now, more than ever. We expect the opposition to mount a smear campaign shortly. Miller must go negative because he is on the wrong side of every issue and he has turned his backs on the people of District 1. Miller cannot stand on his deplorable record, nor can he look to George Bush to pull his bacon from the fire again.
With this in mind, I am asking each of you to send a contribution of just $20 to finance the final push of our campaign. I am also asking for your time. We would like to send you a packet of cards to pass pout to your circle of friends, and we have yard signs for you to display.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. We look forward to representing you, the people of Northwest Florida, in Congress next year.
Thank you for the invitation but I must point out that since the advent of FDR “a conservative Democrat” * is an oxymoron. Not even Joe Lieberman qualifies except in the founders’ idea of national defense. * (http://www.joeroberts.us/about/biography.htm)
However, your conservation cause is a noble one but the road to preservation is not socialism but through the ideals of our founders’ Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The core of those ideals is individual natural rights.
Property rights is an extension of the individual. Private property not community property is the answer to preservation of resources. Expropriation of property for “noble causes” leads to a tragedy of the commons. [Tibor Machan, The Commons: It’s Tragedies and Other Follies (Hoover Institution Press Publication)]
Also see any number of Austrian economics essays including “The Mystery of Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Resolved” at : www.mises.org
Please remove me from your mailing list.
As usual, you are correct. Go to the Constitution as written and intended in any issue if one wishes to drain the swamp of the convoluted means used by liberal forces “for the public good” and the end of the individual and his and her God-given rights!
September 7, 2006
This from Political Wire
In Florida, Crist to Face Davis for Governor
CQ Politics says the results of yesterday’s primary elections for
governor “suggest that the Republican nominee, state Attorney General
Charlie Crist, may be entering the nine-week general election campaign a
step ahead of his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Jim Davis.”
Crist defeated his challenger, Tom Gallagher (R), 64% to 34%, while
Davis won his primary fight against Rod Smith (D) by a much smaller margin,
47% to 41%.
Meanwhile, Hotline On Call notes Democratic turnout was much lower
than Republican turnout. Was it the rain in Democratic areas of the state?
Or are Democrats not as motivated to vote?
RO Note: Dems are emailing me saying the low Democratic turnout just means the Dems didn’t care who opposed Crist. They will still come out in big numbers in Nov. Expect to see Dems push Davis as a family man (one wife, good kids) vs. Crist – divorced, single guy.
Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Tom Gallagher and Charlie Crist are hitting the campaign trail as one happy GOP team. Folks, Crist will be hard to beat.
September 5, 2006
“Duval County ran out of ballot in 4 precinct and sent people home and now
are asking that they return and vote by 7pm. It was Democrat Ballots, of course.”
– Linda C Hicks Spencer
State Committeewoman of Nassau County (DEM)
Jacksonville is in Duval County.
September 4, 2006
Ron Melton, who has a controversial history as the chair of Escambia Democratic Executive Committee (Democratic Chair), has blasted the Democratic Black Caucus. He claims that they are a “phony caucus.”
Here are a few of the members of Democratic Black Caucus: Attorney Gerald McKenzie, Honor Bell, Al Henderson, and Oliver Darden. All are successful black businessmen, professionals and community leaders.
Why is Melton really upset with them? Who would the Escambia County Democrats want as their leadership and spokesman? Who is the phony?
September 1, 2006
Rod Smith is gaining momentum in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Florida’s governor. We have heard that a new poll will be released this weekend that shows Smith ahead of Jim Davis for the first time.
This week alone Smith has raised over $500,000 for his campaign – none of it from Big Sugar. Overall, he has raised $1.8 just in North Florida – which is unprecedented for a Democrat.
Remember Florida has a passion for “dark horse” candidates. Smith just may pull this upset off.
August 31, 2006
From Miami Herald:
Crist keeps wide lead; Smith gains on Davis
By MARY ELLEN KLAS
Attorney General Charlie Crist’s formidable lead over Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher in the Republican primary for governor appears secure, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, but with less than a week to go before Tuesday’s election, the race between the leading Democrats is still up for grabs.
Crist is ahead of Gallagher 57 to 32 percent, according to the Connecticut-based public opinion research group.
But the poll says the contest between U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and state Sen. Rod Smith is much tighter, with Davis leading 43-32 percent, while a substantial 24 percent of Democrats surveyed are still undecided. Among Republican voters, 12 percent say they have not made up their minds.
”The thing about undecideds is many of them often don’t vote,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, adding that many Democrats have ”not been inspired” by the Democratic candidates this year.
The poll showed that Crist’s lead includes voters who identify themselves as ”born-again or evangelical Christians.” Among Republicans, 45 percent describe themselves within that conservative subset, and among those voters, Crist leads Gallagher 53 to 38 percent, although that sample has a margin of error of 8.7 percentage points.
The university surveyed likely primary voters in Florida Aug. 23-28, including 317 Republicans and 312 Democrats. Because of the small sample, the poll had a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.
August 30, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: David Kochman, 954/797-7727
New Smith Ad Touts Major Newspaper Endorsements
Smith dominates newspaper endorsements with nine major dailies
ALACHUA, FL – After sweeping the South Florida newspaper endorsements and dominating the statewide dailies, Senator Smith’s latest ad lets those endorsements do the talking on why he is the best candidate for Governor.
The ad quotes from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Gainesville Sun and the St. Petersburg Times, each of which endorsed his campaign for governor. The papers cite Smith’s plan to boost teacher salaries, address the homeowners’ insurance crisis, ability to protect our environment, record for working across party lines, and ability to win in November.
“Rod Smith has been overwhelmingly endorsed by Florida’s newspapers. They all recognize that Rod Smith is capable of providing both the leadership and solutions that Florida needs so desperately,” said Smith Communications Director David Kochman.
To date, Rod Smith has been endorsed by the St. Petersburg Times, Palm Beach Post, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Lakeland Ledger, Gainesville Sun, Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Naples Daily News and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The new ad will air in eight Florida markets, paid for by the Florida Democratic Party. To access a video and transcript of the ad, please visit http://rodsmith2006.com/pages/endorsements_ad/.
August 29, 2006
From: Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland
I am writing to you today to bring your attention to some very disturbing news. Jim Davis, a loyal Democrat who has spent over 17 years in public service working for the people of Florida, is now the subject of a disgusting smear campaign financed by Republican special interests aimed at electing Jim’s primary opponent.
The U.S. Sugar Co., one of the worst polluters in the nation, knows that Jim Davis, if elected governor, will no longer allow them to use the “Everglades as a toilet.” He has a long record of standing up to special interests in defense of the environment. It is that commitment and record that earned him the support of the Sierra Club.
If you have been watching television here in Florida, you are likely familiar with U.S. Sugar’s handiwork. They are running television ads, sending out flyers, making phone calls, and airing radio spots that misrepresent Jim’s record.
The fact of the matter is, these attacks are blatantly false, and are obviously intended to smear a good Democrat in order to protect the environmentally detrimental business practices of the U.S. Sugar Co.
This is a great illustration of how we could expect each of them to run their administrations. Join with me to show everyone in the state that Florida cannot be bought and sold by Republican special interests. Help Jim fight back by taking a stand. Refuse to buy into their smear campaign. Tell your friends that you know Jim will bring new, independent leadership to Tallahassee – the reason he is being attacked so forcefully by Republican special interests.
Your voice can make a difference. Let’s stand up for Jim through the home stretch.
Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland
August 29, 2006
ROD SMITH TO VISIT PENSACOLA – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Pensacola, FL – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith returns to Pensacola this Friday, September 1, for a meet and greet breakfast rally with area supporters in Northwest Florida.
The breakfast rally will be at 7:00 AM at Granny Cantrell’s Whistle Stop Cafe, located at 301 Brent Lane. (This is the former location of Ryan’s Steakhouse, just off I-110 on Brent Lane, adjacent to the Southbound exit/entry ramp.) For further directions, please call: 850-478-7244.
A breakfast buffet will be available for only $6.95 and includes all beverages — excluding sales tax and gratuity.
August 29, 2006
The UWF College Democrats and Student Government Association will co-sponsor a Voter Education and Political Rally on Thursday, August 31 from 11:00-1:00 in the Great Hall of the Commons Building (Building 22).
All federal, state and local candidates are invited to attend, regardless of their political affiliation. Representatives in favor of and opposed to the Maritime Park project have also been invited to attend. Each candidate/issue will be given two minutes to address the attendees and will take 2-3 questions.
Free refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to obtain a parking pass at the Welcome Center (near the UWF Water tower). For more information, e-mail the College Democrats at CollegeDems@uwf.edu.