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.


Orange Democrats Spring Reception to feature Dyer, and State of Party Address by County Chairman

The Orange County Democratic Party, has announced that their Spring Reception will take place next month on May 17th at the Sanctuary, in Downtown Orlando.

The Program features Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and the County Chair Carlos Smith. Other elected officials listed on the Host Committee include Congressman Alan Grayson, Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore-Russell, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Other notable attendees include Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant and former Orlando Police Chief and Current Candidate for Orange County Mayor Val Demings.

Smith will be giving the State of the Party Address at the reception. Look for local Democrats to springboard from this event into the election cycle, where they’ll try to protect their gains from 2012, while trying to win seats on the County Commission and the Mayor race. They will also have to do their part for likely Gubernatorial Democratic Nominee, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, as he takes on his predecessor Rick Scott in what will be one of the most highly watched races in the country.

You can read the flyer below.

orange county dems spring reception

Video: Crist Crashes Lopez-Cantera Press Scrum, Challenges Scott to Debate

How do you get ambushed by Charlie Crist?

That’s what happened today in Palm Beach, where Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and his boss’s likely future opponent crossed paths, in what is the most interesting video clip of the year.

Have a look.

UPDATE: The embed player is Auto-Play and you probably find it as obnoxious as I do. You can watch the Ad HERE

A George Costanza moment, where the Lt. Guv has a 100 things he’d say if that whole 30 seconds played all over again. Instead, he got owned in the most polite way, I’ve ever seen anyone get owned in front of a platoon of press.

So what should he have done?

He should have momentarily excused himself from the media, shook his hand and said “Good afternoon Governor, I’m describing to our friends here, how you abandoned the state to run for Senate and will say anything to get elected again”. You have these things planned out.

Instead, Crist told Lopez-Cantera who he would debate and challenged Rick Scott before gliding away, leaving the Lt. Gov with nothing to do but grin.

Is it a big deal. Of course not. But there is a lesson fighters always teach. Always talk about an opponent like he’s standing right next to you. Because one day, he will be.

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-up for 4-13-14

Here are the week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

We start off with a major photo from the opening ceremonies of the Hispanic Business Expo. Let me take a deep breath because everyone is in this shot. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Congressman Daniel Webster, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, Orange County Commissioners Scott Boyd and Pete Clarke, Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, Winter Garden City Commissioner Bobby Olszewsky, and Orange County Clerk of Court Eddie Fernandez. This photo was posted on FB and shared many times.

Hispanic Business Expo Everyone

However, Mayor Dyer may have still won the week with this tweet he sent out during his State of the City Address.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

No slouch on social media himself, Congressman John Mica donned an old school Ice Cream Man uniform for this FB post during an event.

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went back to school for her 30th High School Reunion.

State Representative Joe Saunders turned 31 Years old this week. Throw him some Birthday Wishes.

State Representative Eric Eisnaugle was a winner on Tuesday and sworn in the very next day. He posted this thanks after his victory.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam had some little visitors to the Capitol this week.

Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, buzzed former State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich with this tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounding off on Twitter about the situation in Cuba.

We end with an epic Throw Back Thursday picture from Florida Governor Rick Scott. 1971 when he joined the Navy. Wow!

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next week!

Here is Why Buddy Dyer’s 2014 State of the City was One of the Best Speeches I’ve Heard Him Give

I have to listen to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talk.

A lot.

Obviously, the longtime Mayor of the City your blog’s web address is named after has to play a big part in what you write. I figure if add up the amount of time I have to listen to this guy a year (events, tv, webvids), it’s probably enough to walk from one side of the City Beautiful to the other.

However, yesterday was different. It was the 2014 State of the City and it was one of the best speeches I’ve heard him give. It was better than his municipal counter-part Teresa Jacobs’ last State of the County and much better than Florida Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State. Let me explain why. (you can read my official write-up HERE)

Location, Location, Location: The weather on Church St. yesterday morning was about 76 degrees with clear skies and the sun shining perfectly on the new commuter rail system it’s named after. The crowd was arranged nicely in the square and everyone had a great view with enough personal space. Outside speech > Inside speech almost always if the conditions are right. Yesterday they were.

Buddy ate his Wheaties: The Mayor had more energy than he usually does, reserved for when he’s trying to pitch a big project. This time, he acted like many of the talking points hadn’t come to fruition. He was selling Sunrail even though the car was right behind him, he sold the Amway Center event after a successful opening round of NCAA action. He made potholes and sidewalks sound exciting. I saw more energy from his yesterday than the entire time he was running for reelection two years ago.

This Photo: He managed to talk it without disrupting the flow of the speech. You can see his City Commission on the left. Mayor Jacobs and members of County Government on the right and a full press corp with cameras on the riser. This is his now. Anyone else doing this within 75 miles from here will just be imitation.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Boldness and Bad News: Let’s be clear. Dyer was already a proud supporter of the LGBT Community in Orlando but yesterday after he said he wanted to Orlando to be the site of the first Gay wedding in the state, that won support from the LGBT community state-wide on social media. No matter your beliefs on the issue, it was dramatic, it was potent.

He was also very real

He acknowledged what many of us who follow this stuff every day knew. There are financial problems in City’s Budget. He pointed out that he hadn’t made the kind of progress he wanted to with the Homelessness problem. Most politicians would announce this through a release or during a commission meeting when the whole city wasn’t watching. Dyer did it in the spotlight. His spotlight, with friends and rivals watching. A State of the City speech is reserved almost entirely for bragging and sugar-coated explanations. There was none of that.

But you left feeling optimistic and proud:

“The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

Damn Right.

As a frequent critic who often pokes fun at the Mayor, this was his best. Now, every speech isn’t the State of the City (with those two movie screens as prompters) and there were some factors that worked in his favor that he won’t always have control of but yesterday, he was at his best.