Today, we’re talking about First Lady Michelle Obama‘s visit to Daytona Beach. Calls from Florida Democrats to Florida Governor Rick Scott to extend voting hours and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg throws more political weight around.
Florida Politics with Frank Torres. We’ve got a lot to cover, let’s get started. We’re going to start with the First Lady out there in Daytona Beach. Michelle Obama out there campaigning for her husband on the coast with only a few days left. A continuation of the blitz we’ve seen from the Obama campaign after the temporary delay caused by Sandy. The President has been in the Northeast surveying the damage. Yesterday we had Joe Biden in Ocala, today we had the first lady in Daytona Beach as they continue their spring through the state for last minute votes. The Romney campaign has also been out there. Romney himself was in Tampa yesterday and later Coral Gables. So, with only a couple of days remaining we’re seeing both campaigns hit the ground running, trying to get as many votes as possible in what is expected to be a close race, especially here in the Sunshine State.
Speaking of votes and early votes. The big talker today on the twittesphere and on the emails blasts has been the call for Florida Governor Rick Scott to extend the early voting hours. Notable Democrats such as FDP chairman Rod Smith, Dan Gelber, former AG candidate and locally candidate Val Demings as well as others have been calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to extend these early voting hours. Early numbers as about an hour ago reporting that about a 1/4 of Floridians have submitted there ballot in this election so far. Now the strategy behind this, there is always a strategy whether you want to believe it or not, perhaps the Democrat turnout wasn’t forecasted as well as they thought it might be, perhaps they think they need this extra push in the media to make sure there people get to the poles. Perhaps this is an early dig at Governor Rick Scott, it’s never too early to start the next election, it’s funny how in those emails former Governor Charlie Crist is brought up, and the efforts he did to extend the hours, we spoke about Charlie Crist yesterday (LINK HERE) taking a run at Florida Governor Rick Scott as a Democrat. So the loudest voices out this week have been those to extend those voting hours, reports have Rick Scott Traveling right now, and let’s face it, it’s very unlikely that its going to happen, but you’ll continue to hear the calls from Democrats, and expect this to be a marching call for Democrats if they have a bad election day.
Speaking of other lawmakers, especially those involved with Hurricane Sandy, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, has made a very big imprint on Florida politics recently. As you’ll recall he had the 1.1 million dollar ad buy for Val Demings to attack Daniel Webster, we’ll he is at again today, he endorsed, President Barack Obama, of course this endorsement while the First Lady is in town, perhaps they were looking to compound their media coverage, in his favor in what is expected to be a very close race. So, the New York Mayor throwing his weight around as the election approaches. A lot of chaos right now, we’re going down to the wire, things are getting awfully exciting, all of the candidates are getting ready to pull out the stops, there is certain to be more drama as we end the week, roll into the weekend, and into election day. A very busy day in Central Florida politics, expect more of the same, it’s time to pull out the stops and really let things go. For Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.