Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 4/20/14

Our first entry in this weeks best offerings from your elected official, isn’t an elected official. But, I think it’s important. I might be a little biased.

FB retirement announcement

Seriously though. I’m so happy for the support I’ve received and it hasn’t made the choice easier! Thanks Guys.

Okay, here we go!

Florida Governor Rick Scott actually held a FB Q&A, now these things are so closely monitored, it’s hard to tell how much involvement the Guv actually has, but he did take time to shoot this short vid.

Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio stood together this week against the oppression of the Venezuelan people and pushing for sanctions against that Government.

Congressman John Mica pushed to keep the VA Medical Center in Baldwin Park open this week. The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a poor track record in Orlando. The new VA Hospital is still not close to completion, after setback after setback.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to FB to remember an American Hero.

Here we have Congressman Daniel Webster with a couple of other elected officials in a meeting about faith and government.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took a moment to congratulate participants in the IOA 5K.

Finally, we have Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs touring the construction site and future home of the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. Developers have said it will be the finest of it’s kind in the world.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Cortes wants to “Put unity back in our Community” in latest Webvid for Florida House 43 Race

Retired Corrections Officer John Cortes released his 2nd Web Video, to spread the word about his campaign to the voters of Florida House 43.

In the video, he uses what has been his main phrase early in the campaign “We need role models, not politicians”(he used it in his previous video you can see HERE) and pushes for higher wages “No man or woman should work full time and remain below the poverty line” he says. He closes with a lesson from his Grandmother “What you do for one, you should do for all” and repeats the phrase in Spanish

You can view the video below.

Cortes is actually primary opposition to a fellow Democrat already in the seat. Rep. Ricardo Rangel was elected in 2012 and is currently participating in the legislative session in Tallahassee right now. D43 consists of large parts of Osceola County and has a large Puerto Rican population. The seat is expected to remain blue, but the winner of the primary will face Carlos Irizary in the November, should he qualify.

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Local Teamsters Back Modarres in 10th Congressional Democratic Primary

Three Democrats are currently running in the primary for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, who hope to challenge GOP incumbent Daniel Webster this November. One of them earned a key endorsement this afternoon.

Attorney Shayan Modarres announced this afternoon, an endorsement from the Men and Women of Teamsters Union Local No. 385. In their write-up, they had this to say about their Endorsee

“Shayan is a staunch advocate of hard-working families, and is the most qualified candidate in the 10th Congressional District. Given his proven track record as a civil rights attorney and an activist, Shayan is uniquely qualified to serve as a United States Representative”

Modarres thanked his newest group of supporters, saying

“It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement of Teamsters Local 385 today. These men and women work hard every day to move this District forward. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to fight for good jobs, better wages and rights for these dedicated workers in Washington”

The other Democrats running include Navy Vet Michael Mckenna and former Eustis Commissioner Bill Ferree. The 10th Congressional District consists of parts of Orange and Lake Counties.

You can read the entire letter below.

Teamsters for Modarres

Seefeldt to hold Fundraiser at the End of April for House 31 Contest

Businesswoman Terri Seefeldt is currently in one of the most highly competitive GOP House primaries in the state, as herself and 4 other challengers run to replace termed out incumbent Bryan Nelson in Florida House 31.

At the end of this month, she’ll be trying to fill the warchest in preparation for her push to earn the nomination, in the talent heavy contest.

Her campaign put out this fundraiser invite earlier this week.

Seefeldt fundraiser

She’ll need every penny. Her main competitors include Health Clinic Executive, Dr. Randy Glisson who has already raised 112K and Youth Development Leader Jennifer Sullivan, who’s large Grassroots following allowed her to qualify by petition in just a couple of days. Both of them have also done well during forums, and have the “Conservative Cred” to take to the voters. Also in the 5 way primary are Former Teacher Union Rep B. Grassel and Joseph Stephens. The lone Democrat is Jake Seymour in the red district.

It’s been Seefeldt however, that has been the news maker recently. She’s made big media buys like Billboards and Radio ads, and recently announced an endorsement from State Rep. David Santiago to join the nod from incumbent, Nelson (that story HERE).

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New Crist email says he’s never met a Scott Saturday Canvasser

Former Republican Governor, turned Democratic Candidate for the same office Charlie Crist, sent out an email this morning titled “I haven’t met one, either…”. In this message Crist says he’s never met anyone that would spend a Saturday afternoon knocking on doors, for his predecessor and likely November Challenger Rick Scott.

The fundraising email says the following.

Have you ever met someone willing to spend a Saturday knocking on a few doors for Rick Scott?

I haven’t, either.

That’s why I’m investing a whole lot in our organizing program. The energy is out there — I see it everywhere I travel. We’ve got the right vision for Florida, and we’re going to talk to as many voters as we can to make sure everyone knows it.

Help build the biggest grassroots campaign a statewide race has ever seen.

The Republican Party of Florida has had grassroots operations in place (especially here in Orlando) for sometime now, knocking on doors for Scott’s reelection push. I would expect some kind of photo opp from them in the future, in response to this message. This campaign has gotten very personal, very early, between the state party and one of their former leaders.

Florida’s Intense Gubernatorial Contest will be one of the nations most watched races, with all of the story lines involved. Crist’s party switch and his favorable opinion of Obamacare. Scott’s wealth and struggle with approval numbers. It’s a tug of war that will have every Florida Politico involved.