Message from Rod Smith

September 8, 2006

Dear Friend,

This wasn’t the email we wanted to send after the election.

Tuesday night, our campaign for governor came to an end — but our fight for straight talk from our leaders and real change for Florida continues on.

We’ve talked to Jim Davis and congratulated him. It was a tough race, but now is the time to remember that we are all Democrats.

So many hopes and dreams went into this effort, and we’ve seen in the eyes of so many of you the disappointment that we came up short.

But this campaign was never just about Rod Smith — it was about a fight for a set of ideas, and that fight will continue.

Winning and losing is part of the political process, and it’s never fun to come up with fewer votes.

But none of us want that to happen for Democrats this November, so we’re committed to staying involved, and I hope you will too.

We are forever grateful for your support and your hard work.

Thank you, and we’ll see you on the campaign trail.


Rod & DeeDee Smith


Rod Smith Mid Day report

September 5, 2006

We can win this today — but right now, all bets are off. With the skies pouring down rain in South Florida, we face a huge risk of people staying home. And we need every single vote.

Every vote counts so much that we’re asking you, please: if you have a car and an umbrella, get out there and vote. Pick a friend or neighbor up, or call someone in the family — and get them to the polling place. If you have good weather in your part of the state, all the better — whatever the case, just make sure you vote.

Need to know where to vote? Call the state hotline at call the state hotline at 1-866-308-6739, or contact your local elections supervisor:

You know that pollsters call this race a dead heat — and that the polls say Smith, not Davis, is the candidate who can beat Charlie Crist. But it all comes down to who shows up. If you stay home, this campaign could end right here.

Keep that from happening — get to the polls, rain or shine. Everything depends on it.

Thank you,

Paul Neaville
Campaign Manager, Rod Smith for Governor

P.S.: If anyone you talk to still has questions about where Rod stands on the issues, just point them here:

This email was sent to:

Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Rod Smith, Democrat for Governor.
P.O. Box 203 Alachua, Florida 32615 Phone: (352) 336-5222 Email:

Smith may be catching Davis

September 1, 2006

lensRod 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.

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.

Papers like Rod Smith

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

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

Rod returns

August 29, 2006

Press Release:



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.

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.


You are invited to view the Florida Democratic Gubernatorial TV Debate

Still undecided about the Candidates in the Governor’s race? Here’s your chance to see the Democratic candidates in action and make up your mind. Please join us…

Where: Osceola Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse

300 Tonawanda Drive off Mobile Highway (see Map)
Phone: (850) 453-7599

When: Wednesday, August 23

Time: Debate Begins @ 7 PM, but please arrive between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM so that you can order food, eat and get settled in before the debate begins.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Attendees can order off the clubhouse menu and obtain beverages from the bar. (Dutch treat!)


For more details, please contact:Todd McWaters
Northwest Florida Field Director
Rod Smith for Governor 2006

Office: (850) 469-0749
Fax: (850) 429-0573
Cell: (850) 206-4154

Rick's BlogThe hottest posts over the weekend.

  1. Port Royal Cocktail Party Buzz

  2. Latest Touart and Whitehead power grap

  3. Did Elebash write Johns’ viewpoint?

  4. Crist pops out of Barkley House

  5. Review of Sunday papers across the state

  6. BSoc Scorecard – 8/19/06 am

  7. David Letterman joins BSoc

  8. IN YOUR HEAD RADIO still rocks

  9. Kathy can’t pack ‘em in like Charlie

  10. From Slate: Washington Buzz for week ended 8/18/06