Mica, Ashton, and Long Win Primary Night Races

Tonight was the night for John Mica, Jeff Ashton, and Todd Long.

Mica, the longtime incumbent was able to defeat freshman Congresswoman Sandy Adams in a national primary that pitted the fellow popular housemembers against each other. In a classic matchup of Establishment vs. Tea Party, Mica used his fundraising advantage and name ID to run a strong, well rounded campaign that displayed superiority on the lawns and television of D7 Voters.

An era ended tonight as Orange-Osceola attorney Lawson Lamar met defeat by one of his Lieutenants. Casey Anthony Prosecutor Jeff Ashton took his celebrity, the book deals, the rob lowe movies, and the media tour and used it to beat his boss. You can’t give all of the credit to the Casey trial. Ashton is a longtime prosecutor and takes that experience into office.

The dark horse in the Congressional District 9 primary Todd Long found victory in the 9th Congressional Republican primary. Long beat Osecola Commissioner and State Rep. John Quinones, School Board Member and war vet Julius Melendez, and Businessman Mark Oxner. Long will go on to face controversial ex-congressman Alan Grayson. You can give Grayson the assist in this one. He spent over 100k in negative ads. Still Long is a good candidate and the party should unite behind him.

Much more analysis to come tonight!

Sunday Morning Political Headlines: Candidates for CD 9 take to TV

Good Morning. I hope your Sunday is off to a great start.

Today, we’ve got the candidates for Florida Congressional District 9 taking to the airwaves. The winner of this 4 way Republican primary between Todd Long, Mark Oxner, Julius Melendez, and John “Q” Quinones will take on Alan Grayson in the primary. Grayson has already launched an assault on Quinones over television and radio, painting “Q” as a big taxer. The creative editing has already been used by the Grayson campaign, the same editing that got him in trouble in 2010 for the “Taliban Dan” ads that he used against Current Rep. Dan Webster. Rep. Webster went on to defeat Grayson by double digits.

It’s going to be one of the biggest races in the region and it leads off your Sunday Morning Political headlines.

CF News 13: Florida Congressional District Candidates in District 9 are on Political Connections. 130pm and 730pm on CF News 13.

WKMG Local 6: (Video) ‘Flashpoint’ focuses on education

Orlando Sentinel: Lamar for state attorney

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Gov. Scott announces 100 jobs coming to Cape Canaveral

WOFL Fox 35: (AP) Florida Gov. Scott a hit at conservative gathering

WESH 2: (CNN) RNC marks Obama’s birthday with gag gifts

Alan Grayson has already taken to TV and Radio and his opponent hasn’t won the nomination yet.

Putnam Stands with “Q” , FFPC Endorses Adams, Crotty Picks Pena

A few big endorsements over the last 36 hours.

In the Congressional District 9 race, former congressman and current Florida Secretary of Agriculture Adam Putnam has endorsed John “Q” Quinones in his Republican primary.

Putnam is a rising star in the party who’s been featured on RPOF literature frequently over the last year. While this isn’t a flashy endorsement that will throw voters off of the fence, it is the kind of endorsement that’s recognized by donors and will inspire them to pull out the checkbooks.

“Q” is currently competing in the CD 9 Republican primary against Julius Melendez, Todd Long, and Mark Oxner. The winner will face Alan Grayson in the general election.

Sandy Adams’ most recent endorsement could earn the vote of a lot of the social conservatives in Congressional District 7.

The Florida Family Policy Council announced they would endorse the freshman Congresswoman in her intense, primary against fellow House Representative John Mica. The council frequently holds events that vet the social beliefs of conservative candidates and runs awareness campaigns during election years.

This primary continues to garner national attention. Adams adds this endorsement to former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Mica holds a large fundraising advantage and hit television this morning with attack ads against Adams. We’ll put those ads on the Aww Snap meter when they’re available.

In one of the tightest State House races in the region. State House 49 Candidate Marco Pena announced the endorsement of former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty yesterday. Pena adds the former mayor’s endorsement, to nods from current Orange County Commissioners Jennifer Thompson and John Martinez. He faces opposition from Rene “Coach P” Plasencia.

All three of these races have been competitive and are expected to go down to the wire.

Adam Putnam has endorse John Quinones in his Republican primary

Sunday Morning Political Headlines: Rubio, Soto, and Grayson Foes

The future of both parties are in the political headlines this morning.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Darren Soto are on News 13 Political Connections.

Rubio’s name has drifted back in the Veepstakes conversation but the junior Senator from Florida has agrugably the brightest future in politics. It appears to be when and not if Rubio makes that charge to the White House.

With his colleague Scott Randolph opting out of another Florida House run, current Rep. Darren Soto needs to win his State Senate race to keep any effective Central Florida Democrats in the State Capitol at all. He’s got a tough race with “Abogado William” Mcbride.

The Sentinel covers the Congressional District 9 race that features John Quinones, Julius Melendez, Todd Long, and Mark Oxner. Winner gets Alan Grayson.

These stories and a video discussion on education lead your Sunday Morning Political headlines.

WKMG Local 6: (Video) ‘Flashpoint’ focuses on education

CF News 13: Florida Senator Marco Rubio and State Rep. Darren Soto on Political Connections 130pm and 730pm on News 13.

WOFL Fox 35
: SunRail to also have ‘flex buses’

Orlando Sentinel: 4 vie to be GOP pick to take on Grayson in House race

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Citizens rally for Orange County earned sick time initiative

WESH 2: (CNN) Syrian to Obama: Waiting for Election Day to act ‘unacceptable’

Who will be the nominee that take on Alan Grayson in November?

Orange County Young Republicans Hob Nob 2012: Straw Poll Results and Photos

Another election cycle, another terrific Hob Nob by the OCYRs.

Hundreds of voters filled the Varsity Club at the Citrus Bowl to meet elected lawmakers and candidates for office on every level Thursday night in an evening filled with politics, food, and prizes.

Hosted by State Representative Stephen Precourt, the Hob Nob saw top Republican officials in Central Florida addressing the crowd and shaking hands. Honored Guests Daniel Webster and Teresa Jacobs attended as well as Congressman John Mica, and Sandy Adams, State Rep. Scott Plakon, and OC Commissioner Ted Edwards. There was also one Democratic candidate who made the bold decision to spread his message to the members of the opposite party and was well received.

There was also the straw poll that indicated which campaigns had the momentum moving into mid-July.

Let’s break it all down.

John Mica wins Straw Poll in CD7 race:

Congressman John Mica took %70 percent of the voting in the OCYR straw poll. His campaign presence was all over the venue with volunteers at the door and a fully staffed table. He stayed for the entire event and took the opportunity to meet everyone that approached him.

His opponent in this fierce primary, Sandy Adams also attended but only stayed for a short time. Adams also released her endorsement from former VP candidate Sarah Palin last night.

Both candidates have a strong following by the OCYRs and Central Florida Republicans in general. This is only the latest round in a family fight that has Conservatives all over the 7th district taking sides.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney and Democrat Lawson Lamar attends and is well received.

In an equally intense contest candidate Lawson Lamar crossed the line into what some consider enemy territory last night.

With no Republican in the contest everyone will vote in the State Attorney race that pits Lamar against his former prosecutor Jeff Ashton, of the Casey Anthony trial.

Lamar also stayed for the majority of the event and had no problem communicating his non-partisan, crime fighting message to the voters. Ashton was also invited but did not attend. Some of his campaign operatives were seen networking but declined comment to media.

All in all a successful risk for Lamar that saw him earn hundreds of votes outside of his party.

Julius Melendez wins CD 9 Straw Poll:

The fireballer from Kissimmee was able to pull out a straw poll victory over Osceola Commissioner and former State Rep. John “Q” Quinones. The winner of this primary goes to political war with controversial former Congressman Alan Grayson.

Straw Poll Victories

Eric Lasso won his straw poll for Orange County Commission District 3. Kelli Stargel won her contest for State Senate D15, and “The Bow-Tie” Jim Huckeba won the straw poll for Orange County Tax Collector. He’s vowed to eliminate the position and reassign responsibilities in a tax dollar saving initiative.

Here are some photos from the event.

Attendees cast their ballots. Credit to OC Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles for running a fine poll.

State House Candidate Dr. Bob Brooks

Hundreds packed the Varsity Club last night

Jim -the bow tie- Huckeba won his straw poll contest last night

The crowd looks on as the event kicks off

Florida House Rep. Stephen Precourt did a fine job hosting

Guests were treated to food, drink , and a chance to talk issues with candidates

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

County Commissioner Ted Edwards and OC Property Appraiser Bill Donegan

Congressman John Mica won his straw poll last night

A terrific event that allowed candidates and voters to come together and talk about the issues that affect our everyday lives. Thanks to all that attended and the candidates, sponsors, and guests that made it all possible. On to November!

The brilliant committee of OCYR’s that made it all possible