cristCharlie Crist (Rep) and Jim Davis (Dem ) are expected to announce today who will be their Lt. Gov. candidates.

The rumored possible running mates are –

Crist: From the State House: Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, Rep. Jennifer Carroll, R-Green Cove Springs, and former House Speaker Allan Bense of Panama City. Also state Sen. Lisa Carlton, R-Osprey and Helen Aguirre Ferre, a bilingual journalist from Miami who is editor of the opinion pages of Diario Las Americas. Carroll is an African-American with a military background. Bense is in line to be the next Florida Republican Party chairman.


For Davis: two black lawmakers – state Rep. Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale and former state Sen. Daryl Jones of Miami. Also mentioned -former Miami-Dade commissioner Jimmy Morales and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.


Early Analysis of FL Gov Race

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.



Jim Davis Mid Day Report

September 5, 2006

Dear Rick,

Alicia Rodriguez, one of our many volunteers, making GOTV calls in our Tampa Headquarters

As news pours in from all over the state, one theme seems to carry from the Panhandle to the Keys – turnout is low. The fact of the matter is, the fewer people who vote, the more each individual vote will impact the outcome of the election. Polls close at 7:00 pm in both Eastern and Central (for those of you in the western Panhandle) time zones. This means you only have a few more hours to make it out to your polling places to cast your vote for Jim.

Jim is the only Democrat who will bring new, independent leadership to Tallahassee. Jim is the only Democrat who will stand up to the special interests. Jim is the only candidate who can beat Charlie Crist in the statewide general election in November. But, he can’t do it alone. You have the power to make the difference in the outcome of this critically important election.

If you need help finding your polling location, you can contact your county supervisor of elections. You can find a list of them here. You can also call the state’s election hotline toll free at 866-308-6739. If you need any further assistance, have questions about Jim’s record or positions, or if you have any problems casting your ballot, please call our headquarters at 813-875-2006. You can also visit our website for more information about Jim at

Change in Tallahassee starts today. Please vote!

On to Victory,

Jennifer O’Malley

PS. Our election night party is taking place in Tampa tonight. Please join us after the polls close. More information is available on our website at

newspaperFrom Miami Herald:


Crist keeps wide lead; Smith gains on Davis


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.

lensFrom: 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

newspaperFrom Miami Herald: Big Sugar plays rough in governor race

Jim Davis has attacked Big Sugar’s support of his opponent Rod Smith, and Big Sugar has fought back to the tune of $1.7 million. They are labeling him “anti-agriculture.” It’s enough to almost make me vote for Davis…almost.

From Sun Sentinel:Katherine Harris: Separation of church and state ‘a lie’

“…if you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin,” she says in interview.

I can’t make up better quotes for Harris.

EyeDemocratic candidate for FL Governor, Congressman Jim Davis, spoke at Florida League of Cities political forum.

Davis has been criticized for being dull— He was anything but. His passion and sincerity rang true (Harris did, too)

Talking points: Offshore drilling, Insurance, Education-FCAT, class size

Thinks Gov. Bush has been too cooperative on the offshore drilling.

Insurance – wants a national catastrophic insurance fund. Eliminate legal loopholes for insurance companies that hurt the consumer. Create at the state level at Policyholder Advocate General.

Education: Wants FCAT used to help students more – give questions and answers to students. Doesn’t like temporary workers grading tests.

Property taxes: Likes portability. Dislikes doubling Homestead exemption.

Wants an independent legislative redistricting commission to set of house and state senate districts.