Orlando Matters Orange County Commission District 4 Debate

Here we are, with another edition of my debate analysis. This time its the FOX 35/MY65 coverage of the local races. You guys probably know that FOX 35 has been very good to me, so they will be spared the corny jokes about the questions and camera work. Keith Landry is moderating these and he is a really good guy, in person as well as on TV.

As always I invite you guys to watch along with me. Here is the Orlando Matters Debate for Orange County Commission District 4.

Let’s get going!

:49- and they’re are the candidates. These two really don’t like each other.

1:02- Why are you running? Every candidate should go into a trance when they hear this question and answer it with no hesitation. Its the first question you learn how to answer, when you decide to run for office.

2:07- Man, its hard to trust Mayra, she didn’t impress during the two other D4 forums, I attended and I caught her lying during, the Children’s Home Society event. She has to really impress, here today.

2:28- Scout Leader, Government Operative, Non-profit owner…spends 90% of her answer talking about herself, then says its about the community.

3:10- Jennifer Thompson is good, not the nicest lady (sent her a media referral for her social media skills and didn’t even get a thank you, but thats cool) , a gifted speaker..

4:16- What are you top 5 priorities? Mayra says- Not to raise taxes and she will take a 10% salary cut as well as her staff. Well I guess when all of the other county staff members are hitting happy hour, Uribe’s people will have to take a pass. Oh, she brought a shirt that has 10% on it.

5:34- Mayra says a lot of people don’t agree with education…yea, my friend’s kids hate school

5:55- Jennifer Thompson says its hard to limit it to five, then says she’ll give Keith two…take it easy on Keith, Jennifer!

6:33- More efficient county spending and an internal audit of county government. Reduce redundancy. Thompson is laying out a plan, it’s amazing how much more substance there is in her platform than Uribe’s.

7:15- The first time I’ve heard all election cycle on how, long construction projects can hurt small business. Good point.

8:50- ahhh silence..no pesky commercials, I love the internet.

9:50- Uribe is trying to champion South OBT, Conway and Delaney park and other areas. She brings up her Orange Initiative but still not one method on how to actually bring in the jobs

10:44- Thompson is touting her business background. I’m glad Keith is pushing them for details.

11:38- Here comes the beating from Thompson, it’s easy to hide when your sitting on the panel during a forum, as oppose to a one on one debate.

12:00- Uribe jumps the moderator for the first time. She disses Thompson for her last run for office that failed.

12:26- Oh come on! Mayra, it can’t all be fluff. You want to talk track records, but your not giving us anything.

13:24- Uh oh, developers…..

1350- Uribe says no one owns her, and Ms. Thompson would have given the thumbs up on Innovation Way Development

14:38- Thompson says Uribe flip flopped in the Orlando Sentinel and then they get into a “are not, are too” exchange, over developer contributions.

15:28- Uribe is about the people…again

If the Rock ever ran for office, he could say he was the People's candidate

16:06- Thompson touts the content of her magazine “Insight” and wants to look at responsible growth patterns with other counties

16:46- Landry notices they both dodged the answer and follows up. Thompson says we need tougher ethics.

Part 2 of the debate

17:30- Keith asks “do you feel my pain?”, when relating to the hard times voters are in. I don’t think enough candidates honestly do.

1830- Thompson brings up her volunteer background and availability to the community.

19:09- Uribe brings up her family and says its about integrity. C’mon, really? She goes on to say she is “The People’s candidate”

20:09- 1 minute left and Keith says how you gonna convince the Hispanic voters? Well?…Thompson says she is going to convince them like everybody else. She brings up her endorsements from her two former opponents. Uribe, well come on? She is not a Hispanic candidate, well…what is she? She brings up that they’re is a nasty youtube video. Is that true? and she says thats racist! On TV! The two throw a few jabs, before Keith ends the program.

Okay, that was garbage…

That last part actually ticked me off a bit, because Mayra Uribe brought up discrimination with absolutely no right to do so. I looked up that video and this is what I found

Ms. Uribe’s accusations of Jennifer Thompson’s racist activites are irresponsible and sloppy. It was probably the most foolish thing, I’ve heard on the trail all year. I’m not crazy about Jennifer Thompson, but I’m sharp enough to know, she is not racist and Mayra Uribe was backed in a corner, when she said it.

I’m more certain than ever that Lydia Pisano or Pete Clark would have ensured that Orange County District 4 would have been left in capable hands in a run-off against Jennifer Thompson.

Well, there you have it. If you were watching along, I think you know what I was getting at.

Till next time…

Breaking down Rubio’s lead and PBA attack on Rick Scott is pretty funny..

“If you like the direction that Washington is going, then don’t vote for me”

I’ve heard Marco Rubio say that on the trail and in the media, at least two dozen times this year…easy. I like to breakdown tag lines, like that and look at it through the voters eyes. The voters are looking at the sinking ship in DC and saying…”Well, Washington’s direction is downward…I don’t want to go down, I want to go up!”

It appears to be working because Rubio has pulled out to a pretty decent lead in the polls according to CNN. . This year, I’ve heard so many candidates make they’re messages, so complicated, that you need a road map to figure them out. Simple, common sense solutions, during hard times are what you need and what people want. Voters don’t want to use a calculator to figure, what your plan is to get them back to work.

If you like the way things are going, then don't vote for him..

Has anyone played the ad game, better than Alex Sink this year?

First there was the Scott vs. McCullom/John Locke from “Lost”, commercial she launched before the primary even ended.

Then, she reached across the isle to appeal to liberal Republicans and disgruntled McCullom supporters, in a non-partisan piece.

Then probably the funniest ad launched this year by the Police Benevolence Association, show a Rick Scott (apparently hitting the weights) letting a bunch of criminals out of jail and labeling him as a Governor that would be soft on crime.

Prison inmates in their “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” prison costumes, saying “Let’s get to work”. Man, I wish I would have thought of that one. You can’t watch that one with a straight face…

Have a great night!

Breaking down Rubio's lead and PBA attack on Rick Scott is pretty funny..

“If you like the direction that Washington is going, then don’t vote for me”

I’ve heard Marco Rubio say that on the trail and in the media, at least two dozen times this year…easy. I like to breakdown tag lines, like that and look at it through the voters eyes. The voters are looking at the sinking ship in DC and saying…”Well, Washington’s direction is downward…I don’t want to go down, I want to go up!”

It appears to be working because Rubio has pulled out to a pretty decent lead in the polls according to CNN. . This year, I’ve heard so many candidates make they’re messages, so complicated, that you need a road map to figure them out. Simple, common sense solutions, during hard times are what you need and what people want. Voters don’t want to use a calculator to figure, what your plan is to get them back to work.

If you like the way things are going, then don't vote for him..

Has anyone played the ad game, better than Alex Sink this year?

First there was the Scott vs. McCullom/John Locke from “Lost”, commercial she launched before the primary even ended.

Then, she reached across the isle to appeal to liberal Republicans and disgruntled McCullom supporters, in a non-partisan piece.

Then probably the funniest ad launched this year by the Police Benevolence Association, show a Rick Scott (apparently hitting the weights) letting a bunch of criminals out of jail and labeling him as a Governor that would be soft on crime.

Prison inmates in their “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” prison costumes, saying “Let’s get to work”. Man, I wish I would have thought of that one. You can’t watch that one with a straight face…

Have a great night!

So, Alan Grayson made you mad…What are you gonna do about it?

“Can you believe that ad, Frank? He must be crazy! I’ve never known anyone who would take advantage of the scripture, like that?”

I’ve heard that several times over the last couple of days. The Taliban Dan Ad, that is getting national attention and will once again be the topic of conversation during my TV interview tonight. I’m sure you’ve seen it.

“How does that make you feel?” I ask, just like the dozens of things Alan Grayson has done during his time in office to make Republicans angry.

“Well, I don’t think anyone in Congress should be acting that way” is a reply I get a lot.

and here it comes…

“So, what are you gonna do about it?” I reply. Almost in mocking tone. I try to provoke them because, I want them to get involved, but sadly enough they never will.

Everyone wants to party, but no one wants to work...

The national outrage that this ad has sparked will be on the news a little while longer, people will speak out about it. They will send words of support to the Webster family on Facebook and they will curse Alan Grayson and his personal fortune. The Webster campaign might reply with a thank you or maybe not at all.

The Alan Grayson campaign will be laughing their tails off. They can raise money effortlessly and you know what the truth is? As many people that are speaking out about this ad, they’re are an equal number of people that are writing checks and getting on that Grayson gravy train.

Did you see how angry those guys got?!

Get off, of your tails and get in the game.

If you don’t get involved you might as well be shouting at the moon, or trying to solve a math problem by chewing bubble gum. The person griping at the paper or throwing stuff at the tv has a spot in this fight and they’ve got two weapons.

Money and two feet.

Now times are tough, but money is the queen of politics. Votes being king, but as Alan Grayson has plenty of it. Thats why he’s gotten five commercials out there and Webster only has one, that looks like it came out of an oil painting. If you’re really upset, then go to this Webster’s website and donate

Or if your broke like me, you can go walking door to door. Guys, its not that bad. It takes about 2 hours and they feed you. I haven’t walked for Webster, I’ve got other fights at hand, but if your really angry then take a friend. It’s fun.

The same goes for if your one of my Democrat readers. Even though Congressman Grayson has paid walkers and millions in donations, I’m sure your contribution might get you an email or a robo-thank you.

Protect your boy, or those guys waving signs at city hall are going to be lighting up Church Street after Alan Grayson loses.

Team Webster, get tough…Team Grayson, get ready…

Grayson dropped this when he started airing his ad...

Alan Grayson should’ve looked in mirror before pushing “Taliban Dan” ad

I gotta tell you, when I first saw this Taliban Dan ad , I laughed. It was perhaps one of the silliest things I’ve seen all year.

More ridiculous than that “Alan Grayson saved our schools, Children of the Corn” commercial.

Goofier than punting a football, through the uprights in the Citrus Bowl.

Heck, I even ignored the video where he exploited the older Veterans to attack his opponent Dan Webster. Calling Webster a “Draft Dodger” ala Bill Clinton back in 90′s.

This is the ad that is getting the biggest “Pop” though. It’s an ugly ad but the reason I was laughing was because, anyone who has had a conversation with Dan Webster realizes it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

He is one of the most soft-spoken people you will ever meet. He talks, he doesn’t yell and his skills as a communicator are evident whether he is engaging the voters or talking to other lawmakers. His positive reputation in from all of those years in Tally can attest to that.

Does this look like a Taliban candidates supporters?

Still, those graphics with a superimposed Webster and terrorists holding up middle eastern sabres, while Webster’s “submit to me” soundbyte is playing, might trick some voters. Thats exactly what the Grayson campaign is counting on. Its ironic because if the Taliban had an ally here in Central Florida.

It would be Alan Grayson.

He wants to cut off defense spending, while we still have troops in harms way. He’s spoken out against both parties and was against President Obama’s troop surge (which increased security conditions and was supported by vet groups) and his timeline for withdraw.

Alan Grayson was the only representative from Florida, Republican or Democrat that voted against the war supplemental funding, to aid troops during the President’s surge.

He’s taking away body armor for protection against small arms fire and IED’s (Improvised, Explosive Devices), air conditioning (in the desert for crying out loud!) and Internet Cafes that let soldiers communicate with the very reason, that they’re out there…their families.

I’m not a Dan Webster superfan, I don’t think he tries enough to reach out to minorities, elements of his campaign can be arrogant and unresponsive at times but he’s still a good fit in Washington, especially if he can break up the gridlock in congress.

Alan Grayson didn’t bring gloves to this fight, so Dan Webster needs to take off his. Grayson’s jet-engine ad campaign is drowning out Webster’s quiet replies. The only offense being played by that campaign has been a cute older lady saying “Alan Grayson did some nasty name callin’, when people disagreed with him”. I don’t like going negative but to have that much material against Alan Grayson and not use it, is just ridiculous.

Grayson’s ad was wrong but it sends a much needed message to Dan Webster, that it’s time to fight.