In an ironic twist the day before the end of one of the most brutal primaries in the country. Fellow House Representatives John Mica and Sandy Adams spent part of the last day before their showdown working together.
The occasion was a progress hearing on the badly delayed and poorly managed construction of the Orlando VA hospital. Both lawmakers were on hand to monitor the progress being made. Both lawmakers have been “outfront” in finding the circumstances behind the problems that affect veterans in both of their districts.
Redistricting has merged those districts and caused one of the most bitter intra-party battles in recent months and has been attracting press from all over the country. There has been a strong establishment vs. Tea Party vibe in the race with Adams grabbing endorsements from Sarah Palin,fellow freshman Rep Allen West, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Mica has received the endorsement of former Arkansas Governor, Presidential candidate, and FOX Commentator Mike Huckabee. Today, the Orlando Sentinel announced that he has also received the endorsement of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
The timing of the Jacobs endorsement is curious. If they just received it, there is little time to put it to use and notify voters. And why would Jacobs jump into the fray so late in the game and risk alienating a portion of her base? Still, it’s a possible mind-changer to the few that are still undecided at this point.
The outcome of tomorrow night’s contest isn’t worthy of celebration for Central Florida Republicans. They will either lose a 20 year incumbent who carries a high Transportation Chairman title and a lot of political currency on capitol hill or a promising Freshman who never missed a vote and was far more accessible to her constituents. Central Florida Veterans will lose a voice in the struggle to mobilize a lazy organization to build a medical facility to provide badly needed care.
That’s how this campaign really began and that’s how it’s going to finish.
Our headlines are dominated by two of the biggest contests in Central Florida.
Last night, former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Commentator Mike Huckabee made a stop in Sanford to stump for John Mica. Mica is in a nationally watched primary against fellow house rep and Tea Party favorite Sandy Adams.
Adams has also received her share of endorsements in recent weeks from former VP candidate Sarah Palin, Congressman Allen West from down south, Reps. Rich Nugent and Dennis Ross from the western part of the state.
There is enough time before their Tuesday night showdown for one more stunt. What do both campaigns have left in the tank?
This primary brawl and the Orange-Osceola contest lead your Thursday morning political headlines.
CF News 13: Can Huckabee endorsement help Mica beat Adams for new District 7?
WKMG Local 6: (Video) Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee to endorse US Rep. John Mica
WFTV 9 Eyewitness: Reality Check: Sandy Adams’ “Cheerleader” ad reviewed
Orlando Sentinel: Huckabee headlines Mica rally in Sanford
WOFL FOX 35: (AP) Casey Anthony prosecutor eyes state attorney seat
WESH 2: Gov. Rick Scott to make big jobs announcement in Brevard
Mica hopes the Huckabee can drive him to victory on Tuesday night
It’s stunt week Ladies and Gentlemen, and in one of the biggest congressional primaries in the country, John Mica and Sandy Adams are pulling out the stops to get the last word in with the voters of the 7th congressional District.
Adams pulls an endorsement from Sarah Palin. Mica counters with Mike Huckabee.
Mica launches a massive tv air attack on the Freshman Congresswoman. She counters with one of the funniest ads we’ve seen this year.
Now with seven days until their primary night showdown. We’ve more fireworks between the longtime establishment incumbent and the Tea Party Favorite.
Huckabee the Former Arkansas Governor, Fox News Commentator, and Conservative Favorite will be in town to officially endorse Mica in Sanford. He’s coming off his Chik-Fil-A support campaign that helped the Fast Food Chain break sales records when the owner was attacked for his opinion of gay marriage.
Adams returns fire with endorsements from fellow Freshman House Representatives from the western side of the state Dennis Ross, and Rich Nugent. She was also endorsed by the Tea Party Express yesterday and Allen West last week. I can’t find an exact count but does she hold more endorsement from the Florida congressional delegation?
Both events are touchdowns. Mica figures to get some valuable ink and tv coverage from Huck’s visit and Adams will get some “Radiation Votes” from those nods in nearby districts.
You get the feeling this isn’t the last card either of these two colleagues turned bitter rivals have left to play.
Huck will be dropping in to stump for Mica
Great content for you today on this Thursday morning.
We’ve got some great video footage of that great debate from the other night and some truth tests for you to check out.
We’ve also got two big endorsements in that intense Republican primary in the 7th district between Representatives John Mica and Sandy Adams.
Sandy Adams nabs an endorsement from her fellow Tea Party Freshman Allen West. West had more media appearances than any other member of congress last year and the former Army Colonel is known for his straight talk and fearlessness in Washington.
This is the 2nd endorsement in as many days for Adams. Yesterday, she earned the endorsement of the FFPC. A major social conservative group in the state.
Her opponent also made the major announcement that Former Presidential Candidate, and Conservative Favorite Mike Huckabee has endorsed the Mica campaign. Huck has his own Fox News show and is an active campaigner that is known for making appearances for his endorsees before election day.
Those stories lead your Thursday morning political headlines.
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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Reality Check: Review of Crossroads GPS ‘Excuses’ ad
WESH 2: (VIDEO) Truth Test: Romney sings while Obama belts out sour notes
WKMG Local 6: (CNN) Obama maintains lead among Latino voters
Orlando Sentinel: Huckabee backs Mica
WOFL Fox 35: (AP) Rep. West endorses fellow GOP freshman Adams
Huck endorses Mica
Allen West endorses Sandy Adams
No, I’m not kidding. Check it out.
The mastermind behind this ad was the Nobel Peace Prize winner and U2 front man Bono. He’s forever circling the globe recruiting for his humanitarian efforts. He paid a visit to Florida Senator Marco Rubio a few months back. Is there the possibility that you could see the Florida political favorite in an ad with Bono? Of course but don’t count on him dropping any F-bombs.
In closing, Colin Farrel probably drops the F word six time before his morning coffee.