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My name is Mike Smith, and I’m a proud Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 8th District.  I got into this race because Republican Ric Keller, our current representative, is an embarrassment to the people of Central Florida. We can all agree that there is simply too much at stake -- for our children, our seniors, and our soldiers stuck in Iraq -- for us to tolerate ineffective and disgraceful leadership.

A few things about me:
• I’m a former state prosecutor.  In that capacity, I cracked down on child predators and was specially appointed as a felony domestic violence prosecutor.
• I was raised in Ocala and have lived in Central Florida my whole life.  My wife Sandra and I live in Winter Garden where we are raising our two children.
• I want to change course in Iraq and bring our brave troops home as soon as possible.  We must set significant benchmarks so that the Iraqis take responsibility for their own security and President Bush is held accountable.  
• I fully support the expansion of federal funding for stem cell research, unlike Ric Keller who voted against any funding for this life-saving advancement.
• I think Americans deserve access to affordable quality healthcare, and would fight to lower healthcare costs and prescription drug prices.

I can’t win without the support of the netroots.  It’s that simple.  So please check out my website, and always feel free to email me with your questions and concerns.

Thanks so much for your time.

Mike Smith

Originally posted to Mike Smith for Congress on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 04:03 PM PDT.

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  •  A Note from Mike's Campaign Manager (15+ / 0-)

    Hi everyone--I am Mike's campaign manager, Shirin. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this exciting race! I am looking forward to hearing more about your issues and concerns over the next year. Our campaign is going strong--and with your help we can make it even better. Thanks for your support, and please feel free to contact me at anytime!

  •  Good luck, Mike, on your candidacy. (6+ / 0-)

    I am looking forward to hearing much more about your thoughts and ideas regarding what you will do regarding the situation our country is in at this time.

    I would appreciate it if you would lay out how you would have voted, and why, on the Congressional Bills that you personally found inspirational in the last year.  Sure, it will make for one or two or three good sized diaries, but it will sure give the people here an idea as to how we should consider your candidacy.

    As, I'm sure you've seen lately, we progressive's have been let down.  Yet we don't want you to pander to us.  We want to know what you think, what you feel, and again, speaking for myself, I want to know details.

    I give to those that I think will make the case that my family and I will accept.  Let me know your detailed views, and I will let you know what I think.

    Best regards.

    Republicans are jealous of me because my progressive sig line is bigger than theirs. -6.00, -6.21

    by funluvn1 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 04:13:23 PM PDT

  •  here is FL-08 (2+ / 0-)
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    Christopher Walker, Granny Doc


    it's partly rural (well, rural for florida), but also has a lot of orlando suburbs. it's the heart of the I-4 corridor you may remember from the 2000 and 2004 elections.

    mike, i hope you make it. not much decent democratic representation in florida north of the miami area (kendrick meek, alcee hastings, debbie wasserman-schultz).

    take my rep, alan boyd, PLEASE take him. he was the only democrat to support george w's raid on social security. i don't even waste electrons emailing him anymore.

    we need some relief, mike. go for it.

    Hillary 2008 - Flying Monkey Squadron 283

    by campskunk on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 04:22:09 PM PDT

  •  More to come (2+ / 0-)
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    campskunk, Christopher Walker

    Funluvn1--Thanks for your well wishes. I am definitely going to follow-up with Mike on this question and get back to you. I can tell you from the first time I met Mike at my interview, he was very passionate about healthcare, crime and the environment.

    Just today though, Mike and I were discussing what a disgrace it was that Keller voted against SCHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). A vote against this bill is a vote to eliminate healthcare for over 500,000 children in our state. It is such a simple concept: healthcare coverage for children.

    I can tell you for sure, he would have voted for this important piece of legislation.

  •  Checked out your web site - (3+ / 0-)

    i hope you consider expanding on the issues a bit.  Right now they read like great slogans but not much in terms of specifics.  Don't be afraid of staing what you are willing to do.  Affordable health care for all is a nice bumpersticker but not much more.  You don't need to reinvent the wheel either but atleast point to some current propossals that you like or some other models that you would like to see.  

    "For me, walking into a nice Jewish deli IS a religious experience." -my mom

    by ETinKC on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 04:39:15 PM PDT

  •  Next Week (3+ / 0-)
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    JR, campskunk, cosette

    We'll post an updated diary next week--I'll also find some time to get Mike to join us and answer some of your questions directly, as well as get answers to some of your questions from tonight.

    I'm looking forward to talking to all of you more frequently---and having you learn more about this race.

    Thank for taking time to learn more about Mike, and ask questions that you care about.

  •  Keller is very beatable (1+ / 0-)
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    In 2002, he won with 65% of the vote.

    In 2004, he won with 60% of the vote.

    In 2006, he won with 53% of the vote.

    The district was set up to just barely lean Republican, but with the entire country shifting against them over the past 3 years, they're in trouble now.  Especially since Keller is breaking his term-limits pledge to only serve 8 years.  In fact he has drawn his own Republican primary challenger because of that broken promise.

  •  Welcome to the fight (1+ / 0-)
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    hopefully we'll see Mike next month at the FDP Convention in Orlando?

    You should have him come by the Netroots Conference that will be going on as part of the Convention.  There will be a panel that will talk about how candidates can make use of the netroots in their campaign.  Seems to me like you are off to a good start.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    Florida Kossacks Rock

    Blog Florida Blue

    You can't govern if you can't win.

    by gatordem on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 06:07:42 PM PDT

  •  Introduction from Mike Smith (0+ / 0-)

    Hi everyone. I wanted to take an hour to introduce myself to the netroots community. I entered the race in May, and since that time I've been working hard learning the issues, communicating with voters, and of course, raising money to fund my campaign.

    From last diary, you may have realized that I am not a career politician. In fact, this is my first run for any sort of political office. I've always had a keen interest in politics--and given the recent state of affairs in our country, I knew that we needed change now. We can't wait any longer---and our current Congressman isn't representing this district.

    I've been serving my home community for years, and with your help and support, we can take common sense answers to Washington. No more time can be wasted--in 2008, we must change the direction of our country and have a strong voice of reason in Congress.

    We need someone who feels passionately about changing the direction of our country. My name is Mike Smith, and I will be that fresh alternative in Congress. I am not a politician. I am a working father and husband in Central Florida who cares about where our country is heading. That's why I am asking to be your next United States Representative for District 8.

  •  UCF College Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    Mike did you contact the UCF College Democrats yet? I understand they have a great group over there. I found the e-mail for their President here.

    Good Luck

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