This is our latest spot in our Debate Camp Series, where we review old debate footage from our Florida Lawmakers and examine how their performance in these forums could be interpreted now. We do fact checks, technique critiques, and even a some hindsight observations.
Today, we look at the District 29 contest between then Attorney-Former Firefighter Mike Clelland and then State Represenative, would be Speaker of the House Chris Dorworth. My politicos know that Clelland ultimately won this race, both due to the problems with the media Chris Dorworth was having and the heavy Obama for American Campaign turnout, that gave him just enough leverage to win the contest in a re-count. Let’s have a look.
As always, I invite you to watch along with me!!!
:35 – Here we have Clelland, elbows tucked in close to the ribcage, tight knot on the tie, and Dorworth, open collar, open stance behind the podium. It looks like he’s the moderator.
:45 – FACT Check: “Two things that are important to me, funding public education and creating jobs” now both of those things happened the last session but it was more of a credit to Governor Scott than anything Clelland did. He’s in the most Conservative district in the area so, cuddling up with Scott might be the way to go, but tough when you had Charlie Crist on your host committee at fundraisers.
1:10- Clelland doesn’t elaborate what kind of Ethics Reforms he wants but the Republican Majority in the State House did impose tougher reporting rules in the State House. Clelland being a Democrat will once again have to run towards the center to take credit for that.
1:56 – Dorworth is out of office meaning he’s out of play. I’ll let you break his material down.
2:10- The rest of the money was returned to the budget this year by the Governor.
3:10- I’ll give Clelland points for the Tax Breaks but if he touts job numbers created by those breaks on the campaign trail next year, then he’s not being “trill” ajd “Meaning a combination of true and real”
3:50: This was a creative attack ad.
3:55: I believe Seminole Democrats actually meet at Longwood Elementary now. They hold their Exec Meetings there.
4:19 : “It’s right on the money Greg!” what kind of question was that? Anyways.
4:20: Clelland, a little more comfortable now after the ad. Opened up his posture.
5:55 – Revisiting talking points. Needs more talking points. This is only a 10 min spot
6:48 – Clelland got on a little big of a role there. I’m not sure how many of those things actually happened but he was a lot more confident than I’m use to seeing.
8:05: There is a surplus
8:42: False. That pension contribution is not a tax increase
9:28 – still not a tax
10:33 - I’m not sure what happened on that handshake. Dorworth looking down. Clelland hand on his hip with a wide stance over the table.
Everybody is friends at the end.
Conclusion: Clelland is at his best when he starts fast on his answers and covers a lot of ground on rebuttals. He did have the luxury of being on Offense the entire time, something he wont have in 2014 when he’s going to have to debate for a Conservative seat with House Dems watching. He’ll have a record and his probable opponent Scott Plakon is a much more calculated debater. We’ll watch footage of him next time.
Thanks for joining me!