Political Stocks Who’s up Who’s Down in O-Town: Walking Time Edition

If you’re running for office and your campaign hasn’t been walking then, I hope you’ve got a lot of money laying around because normal campaigns that are watching the balance on those bank accounts should be sending out volunteers to GOTV.

It’s this happy time of the year in which we center this edition of political stocks

Who’s Up:

Paul Ryan: The Wisconsin Congressman and Chairman of the budget committee was showcasing his money smarts and media poise on two networks at the same time Sunday morning. They ran both taped interviews simultaneously and for 15 solid minutes voters got to see Ryan knockdown every question asked and easily dispatch of the anti-Romney rhetoric Economist and former Obama cabinet member Austan Goolsbee used.

If he is still being considered for Vice President, there was no better audition than yesterday morning

Bill Nelson: When Dave Weldon entered the race Friday afternoon it meant two things. George Lemieux’s standing as the alternative to frontrunner Connie Mack IV was in danger and Mack IV was going to have to answer the same questions from two opponents with the former Brevard Congressman now in the race. Mack IV is still the favorite but he’s going to have to spend more money fighting off another challenger.

This works in Bill Nelson’s favor. Already the frontrunner in general election polls, Mack IV’s lighter warchest will benefit him in November.

Chris Christie and Cory Booker*: This video has gotten a lot of positive press and it’s helped both the Newark Mayor and New Jersey Governor.

It’s earned Booker nationwide publicity and it’s reinforced Christie’s intentions that he wants the VP nod.

*Booker is taking a beating over his criticism of Obama’s Bain attack strategy but, he’s right.

Holding Steady:

Dan Webster and Val Demings: Both candidates very quiet in recent week. No serious primary challenges will ensure both campaigns save their energy to roll into their eventual collision.

Who’s Down:

Political Operatives: The two biggest stories over the last week have been the re-emergence of the President’s relationship with Reverend Jerimiah Wright and Mitt Romney’s history with Bain Capital. Both attacks fell flat when used in the past so it has many asking, Why are there organizations trying to roll this failed material out again?

George Lemieux: More Florida Senate GOP primary fallout from Weldon’s late entry. The former Senator has thrown every kind of attack possible at Connie Mack IV and he can’t even Mack’s lead. Now, Weldon in the race, Lemieux could watch his support dwindle even further.

Romney’s fallen foes: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul all reportedly have significant campaign debt and all have become after thoughts in the political landscape.

Ryan’s poise in the media and economical smarts should keep him in the VP conversation

Santorum can Leave Race with No Regrets

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for President today, all but sealing the nomination for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Dealing with the recent hospitalization of his young daughter, a double digit deficit in his home state of Pennsylvania and a dwindling war chest, it was finally time for the former Senator to stand aside.

He can walk away with his head held high. Let me explain.

Santorum greatly exceeded expectations. There isn’t an honest analyst (including myself) that was taking this guy seriously six months ago.

6 months ago this guy was out in Siberia (the far left podiums) during debates.

He was on the stump in front of dozens, not hundreds of voters.

At Presidency V here in Orlando, he had to crash an after party at the Tilted Kilt on I-Drive because, he didn’t have enough supporters for his own event.

He was polling like a dairy product at %2 last Halloween.

He stuck around.

You can call it a lack of enthusiasm in the field, poor vetting by party leadership, bad campaign management but, the others fair-weather frontrunners fell.

The Cain Train was derailed by allegations of infidelity. Bachmann bailed after a last place finish in Iowa. Rick Perry? Please! And Gingrich could not sustain his campaign through criticizing the media alone.

Santorum stayed the course and barnstormed through every county in Iowa. He couldn’t afford to drive the campaign bus the whole time so traveled by SUV. He shook as many hands as possible and went hunting with the natives.

He would win Iowa…eventually.

He became the real “Romney alternative”. There was plenty of passion for his social conservative views but, it scared away the moderates and he couldn’t win in those mid-western states that might have stopped Romney’s momentum.

That momentum started right here in Florida, where Romney also won by double digits.

He couldn’t risk losing his home state. It not only would have been a major loss in the delegate count column but, if you can’t win your state in your party’s primary, how are you going to take it in the General? It would have been an embarrassing defeat that would add insult to the injuries his campaign has suffered.

Santorum made the right call today. He’ll get the normal “atta boy” pats on the shoulder and a great speaking time slot at the convention but that won’t matter.

He earned the admiration of many who didn’t even know he existed when his campaign started. And when you were suppose to be a non-factor, that’s something to be proud of.

Santorum exceeded everyone's expectations during his run for the nomination.

Santorum can Leave Race with No Regrets

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for President today, all but sealing the nomination for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Dealing with the recent hospitalization of his young daughter, a double digit deficit in his home state of Pennsylvania and a dwindling war chest, it was finally time for the former Senator to stand aside.

He can walk away with his head held high. Let me explain.

Santorum greatly exceeded expectations. There isn’t an honest analyst (including myself) that was taking this guy seriously six months ago.

6 months ago this guy was out in Siberia (the far left podiums) during debates.

He was on the stump in front of dozens, not hundreds of voters.

At Presidency V here in Orlando, he had to crash an after party at the Tilted Kilt on I-Drive because, he didn’t have enough supporters for his own event.

He was polling like a dairy product at %2 last Halloween.

He stuck around.

You can call it a lack of enthusiasm in the field, poor vetting by party leadership, bad campaign management but, the others fair-weather frontrunners fell.

The Cain Train was derailed by allegations of infidelity. Bachmann bailed after a last place finish in Iowa. Rick Perry? Please! And Gingrich could not sustain his campaign through criticizing the media alone.

Santorum stayed the course and barnstormed through every county in Iowa. He couldn’t afford to drive the campaign bus the whole time so traveled by SUV. He shook as many hands as possible and went hunting with the natives.

He would win Iowa…eventually.

He became the real “Romney alternative”. There was plenty of passion for his social conservative views but, it scared away the moderates and he couldn’t win in those mid-western states that might have stopped Romney’s momentum.

That momentum started right here in Florida, where Romney also won by double digits.

He couldn’t risk losing his home state. It not only would have been a major loss in the delegate count column but, if you can’t win your state in your party’s primary, how are you going to take it in the General? It would have been an embarrassing defeat that would add insult to the injuries his campaign has suffered.

Santorum made the right call today. He’ll get the normal “atta boy” pats on the shoulder and a great speaking time slot at the convention but that won’t matter.

He earned the admiration of many who didn’t even know he existed when his campaign started. And when you were suppose to be a non-factor, that’s something to be proud of.

Santorum exceeded everyone's expectations during his run for the nomination.

Monday Morning Political Headlines 4/9/12 : Big Salaries, Small Results on Homelessness Commission

It’s Monday! I know, I know…Here watch this, it will make you feel better.

Indeed Lawrence….indeed.

Here we go with Monday Morning Political Headlines:

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Central Florida Regional Commission struggling to end Central Fla. homelessness (VIDEO)

WESH 2: (by way of CNN):DNC Chair Says GOP Rooting For Bad Economy

WKMG Local 6: (CNN) College students seek political seats (Video)

CF News 13: (AP) Gingrich: Still in, says Romney likely GOP nominee

WOFL FOX 35: (AP) Romney Faces Lengthy To-Do List as Likely GOP Pick

Orlando Sentinel: Earl K. Wood’s exit could open up competitive race for tax collector

Monday Morning Political Headlines: Romney victim of April Fools Prank

It’s a particular heavy Monday morning here in Orlando as the morning humidity starts to greet us as we walk out the door. Big city elections tomorrow and expect all 4 Orlando Mayor candidates to work all the way to the finish.

Here are your Monday Morning Political Headlines from Orlando Media. Sundays are slow so much is contributed by national news.

WESH 2 (by way of CNN)- Romney Optimistic About Tuesday’s Contests

WKMG Local 6 (also by way of CNN): Romney gets punk’d, April Fools style

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Jamie Duprees’ Blog Newt’s “Day Trip”

CF News 13: A complete breakdown of all of the candidates in the municipal races tomorrow.

WOFL FOX 35 (by way of AP): Dems Sharpen Attack On Romney

and to end the post on a funny note..

Orlando Sentinel: Sentinel Columnist Scott Maxwell’s Blooper reel. Good stuff!

Even Mitt Romney wasn't safe on April Fools Day.