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Florida is THE 2010 state to watch.  Momentum started with Obama (props to Steve Schale).  GOP Sen. Mel Martinez quit.  Jeb balked, and several Dems had already entered the ring before  Gov. Charlie Crist declared.  Kos himself predicted Crist would defect and run as a Dem.

Check out the race for FL Attorney General.  Two Dem. State Senators, Front runner Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg, are in. The real story is the cavernous absence of any GOP threat.

So far it would appear FL-GOP has banked its hopes on a cream puff five time looser with no experience, a left-leaning agenda, and quite possibly the lamest website of all times.

Republicans have long monopolized the Tough On Crime theme.  Remember Willy Horton?

Remember Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year old who was beat to death in a Juvenile Boot Camp? [WARNING - Disturbing]

George Bush oversaw 152 executionsduring his fives year stint as Governor of Texas.  His brother Jeb was a slacker, only executing 25.

Sometimes even Republicans realize they over do the Tough on Crime theme.  Remember the Illinois death penalty moratorium initiated by then indicted and eventually convicted on 18 counts Governor George Ryan?

So you would think that the FL GOP would have a deep bench ready to run for Attorney General.  In Florida, AG is an elected cabinet position. However, FL-GOP has forfeited the race for Attorney General.

There were rumblings about Lt Gov. Jeff Kottkamp running, but so far nada.  There was some random legislator guy but he bailed.  Maybe Holly Benson.  Fact is, so far, the only GOP hopeful is Jim Lewis.

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Who, you ask? I've never heard of this Jim Lewis guy?  Exactly.  Who is Jim Lewis?  Let's find out:

Jim Lewis, 51, of Fort Lauderdale, has filed his intentions to seek the Office of Florida Attorney General in the 2010 election. Lewis will seek the Republican nomination.

What qualifies Jim for State Office?  According the The Sun-Sentinel:

He has unsuccessfully run for Fort Lauderdale mayor, Fort Lauderdale city commissioner, Broward public defender, circuit judge and state representative. His most recent loss was the February primary for District 4 City Commission. He came in third in the four-candidate field, with just under 14 percent of the vote.

Ouch.  But unlike Sarah Palin, Lewis ain't no quitter:

“I haven’t been selected yet, but this is truly what I’ve been called to do,” Lewis said. “I’m not discouraged. I believe if you work hard enough and if your heart’s in the right place, ultimately the voters will pick you for something.

Where does he stand on the issues:

Precious tax dollars are being wasted continuing to fund prison beds for drug addicts instead of focusing on treatment like drug court. ..

... The Attorney General of Florida must do more to protect the environment. I will oppose oil drilling off any Florida coast...

... Our juvenile detention facilities must recommit themselves to rehabilitate and educate our troubled youth...

I agree, but how do Republicans feel?  According to The Mom Buzz:

The attorney who defended Edward Howard was Jim Lewis. And now he is planning to run for Florida state attorney general with a not-so wonderful platform of locking up fewer criminals.

I know I will not feel safer with this man as attorney general. He defends the guilty. He will not make the state a safer place.

With a left-wing stoner-slacker socialist agenda like that, how will Lewis rally the GOP base?

Lewis said he’d campaign heavily in Miami-Dade County and in Central Florida, where there are lots of Republican voters who don’t know him. In Broward, Republicans “know me for who I am and what I am usually. So I’m going to have to get out of Broward County and see if I can sell my message in other parts of the state. We’ll see how it goes.

I guess the phrase “know me for who I am and what I am usually" is secret Republican code for HAPLESS FIVE TIME LOOSER.

How was Jim Lewis as a lawyer?  Well, according to The New Times:

Lewis is an attorney who I have seen undercut justice time and time again with one of his most reliable clients, Gina Marie Marks. You might remember her name. She's the Gypsy fraud artist who published a bogus book with Harper Collins under the name of Regina Milbourne. Marks has been running around ripping off her clients for years -- and every time she gets caught, Jim Lewis comes to the rescue... Lewis offers to pay the victims so long as they refuse to prosecute.

How is Jim doing on fund raising?

He estimated it would cost about $2 million for the campaign. He said he’d spend some of his own money on the race, but would seek to raise money for much of the cost of the campaign.

According to FL Division of Elections Jim Lewis has pulled in a hefty $2,600!

Compared to Dan Gelber's track record as a Federal Prosecutor, Minority Leader in the FL House and AV Rating, or Dave Aronberg's time in the State Senate and recent nomination as Gulfshore Life's Hottest Bachelors, poor Jim Lewis might just have an uphill battle. But like Jim says:

If your heart’s in the right place, ultimately the voters will pick you for something.

Maybe Republicans really are the party of the hopeless, poor and destitute?  For the party that stole the 2000 election by hook, crook and vigilante mobs, I gotta sat they're off their game.

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Campaign Update -

I would like to formally acknowledge and thank the person or people who outted me by providing my personal identity and home phone number to Heather at The Miami Herald.  Some people would insist that this is morally reprehensible and technically a bannable offense.  I forgive you, and only ask that, in the future, though we may passionately disagree, let us please respect each other's private life.

Cordially,

EAEvans

P.S.  Now, would someone please vote for Orin Hatch?!?!

Originally posted to EAEvans on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 04:24 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Aronberg has more qualifications than (2+ / 0-)
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    alasmoses, curtisgrahamduff

    just being a hot bachelor.  He also served as an assistant AG under Bob Butterworth.  He and Gelber are both excellent.  I wish Gelber had stayed in the Senate race.

    Please work for redistricting in Florida: http://www.fairdistrictsflorida.org/

    by Susan S on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 04:34:31 AM PDT

    •  Both Dems have good creds but (3+ / 0-)
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      myrealname, alasmoses, amk for obama

      I think Gelber is the best candidate.  He's got a great track record, he's strong on Public Corruption and White Collar Crime, and he's been one of the most ardent supporters of Public Education I've ever seen.

      Re. Senate: I know. But Kendrick Meek has my vote now. He'll run a great campaign.

    •  There are a ton of assistant AG's (1+ / 0-)
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      EAEvans

      It isn't like there was Butterworth and Aronberg in the office.  He was one of a lot, just like many young attorneys start out as "assistant state attorney" or "assistant public defender."  Sure it "qualifies" him, but saying that Aronberg and Gelber are equally qualified would not be accurate.  

      Plus Susan, he voted for vouchers and in my book, that is a disqualifier. I'll quote George Bush on this one-  either you are for the public schools, or you are against them.  Vouchers take money away from what is already one of the most underfunded education systems in America. If I wanted an AG who supported vouchers, I would have voted for Bill McCollum.

      •  Aronberg's Voucher Bill Vote (0+ / 0-)

        Yes.  I think you are correct about vouchers and experience.  Jim Lewis was an Assistant AG - back in the 80's.  I don't think Dave is a horrible guy but:

        1. He swung way right in preparation for the AG bid and made some bad votes, and
        1. Dan Gelber is just a better candidate.

        I appreciate your comments.  Thanks!

      •  My point (1+ / 0-)
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        EAEvans

        was that Aronberg has other qualifications besides being a hot bachelor.

        I love Dan Gelber and think he should be our next senator.  Aronberg declared his intention to run for AG several years ago, and it really bothers me when all the good Democrats want to fight over the same seat (while others go unchallenged).

        As to vouchers, I would like to know why Aronberg supported them.  Could it be because he represents a conservative district while Gelber represents a very progressive one, making that kind of vote easy and without repercussions?  I'm not happy with several of Aronberg's votes, but I know that he would be an excellent AG, just as Gelber would.

         

        Please work for redistricting in Florida: http://www.fairdistrictsflorida.org/

        by Susan S on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 07:32:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Why Aronberg supports Vouchers (0+ / 0-)

          I can't speak for the man, but I did throw out some possible thoughts in this diary.

          IMO, and one seemed to be shared by even some of his supporters, is that Aronberg swung towards the middle/right to win favor among FL-GOP voters.  

          Gelber, who was probably eyeballing asperations for a long time, seems to have stuck with his Dem Principles, hoping to rally the Blue Base.  Personally, I think this shows better character and leadership.

          I have heard some people argue the whole "Aronberg called AG first" meme.  Playing "shotgun" may work for beer-runs, but not for State Level Office.  Too bad, Dave.  Not a compelling argument.

          In fact, I'd go one step further, and dare say that Gelber may someday be our Governor.  But that's just me.

          (I'll email you my contact info for FL-Kossacks.  Thanks for the invite.  Appreciate the kind gesture.)

        •  Obama won Aronberg's district n/t (1+ / 0-)
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          EAEvans
  •  enjoying your punchy style, and appreciating (3+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, alasmoses, EAEvans

    the info, EA (though I can't look at that Anderson video again, and think you need to add a warning).

    Unfortunately, you didn't weigh in on the gubernatorial race. I'm disappointed that Sink is trailing this creep McCollum (had a friend who was mistreated in his office, he's an off the charts nutcake winger). Do you think once people see them head-to-head she'll take the race? I'm less impressed with her than I expected to be. . .  

    Matt in Tallahassee

    "The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil." Albert Einstein, "Why Socialism?"

    by Matthew Detroit on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 04:45:20 AM PDT

    •  Thank you - Advice Taken - Warning Added (1+ / 0-)
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      myrealname

      Re. Alex Sink - could only do so much in one diary.  maybe next time.  Maybe you should do a posting on your friend who got abused by BM...

      Haven't really heard much of Sink yet.  We shall see how things progress.  Let's push 0's and 1's for her and see how it goes.

  •  Damn you! (2+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, EAEvans

    I had almost forgotten that thigh rubbing story. I might have to drink away that image of anyone touching Brooks.

    I believed, but I'm damn glad it is now reality.

    by alasmoses on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 05:09:19 AM PDT

  •  Tipped and Rec'd for a great job (2+ / 0-)
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    alasmoses, EAEvans

    putting all this good news together, but I would have T&R for this alone:

    I guess the phrase "know me for who I am and what I am usually" is secret Republican code for HAPLESS FIVE TIME LOOSER.

    Hehehe...:~}

    Hope you're right and Fl will be the place to watch in '10.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 05:10:34 AM PDT

  •  Are both of you in our Florida Kossacks group? (1+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem

    If not, email me and I'll add you.  stsmith 222 at aol

    Please work for redistricting in Florida: http://www.fairdistrictsflorida.org/

    by Susan S on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 05:10:59 AM PDT

  •  LOL @ (1+ / 0-)
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    EAEvans

    ultimately the voters will pick you for something

    What, like pity sex ?

    repub = a politician with a conservative mind and a liberal penis
    fox = fascist obnoxious xenophobic
    rnc = rush, newt, cheney

    by amk for obama on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 05:23:17 AM PDT

  •  Question for Aronberg supporters (1+ / 0-)
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    EAEvans

    I've seen Sen Aronberg speak and he is a nice enough guy.  In fairness, I don't know him well.  But I've know Sen Gelber as you might notice from my previous diaries, from both his professional and political life.

    What I don't know is other than be a nice guy, what has Sen Aronberg done in Tallahassee?  In other words, if he wasn't a nice and ambitious guy, would he be one of those guys who rises to the top?  I follow state politics with some regularity and I've never seen his name associated with any leadership issues, where I see Gelber's name in the paper all of the time.  

    For me this race seems like choice between a leader and a nice guy and regardless I am voting for Gelber.  Since this race started, I've even done some research on Aronberg and other than some thing called Mainstream Democrats, I couldn't find anything else that stood out. So please help me out here.  I don't want to be patently unfair to the guy.

  •  When is the deadline for filing ... (0+ / 0-)

    for candidacy?

    We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution. -Rufus Choate

    by meowmissy on Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 05:34:41 AM PDT

    •  I'm not sure. (0+ / 0-)

      Admittedly, there's probably still time for someone else to jump into the mix.  My point is that we're pretty past a point in time where viable candidates have made decisions... and there are none.

      Except of course for Jim Lewis.

      I think this bodes well for Gelber and Aronberg, and might be indicative of wider trends.

  •  "He defends the guilty" (1+ / 0-)
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    EAEvans

    Um...isn't that what lawyers are supposed to do, at least in part? Will the Republicans ever actually figure out how our justice system works?

  •  The GOP will field a candidate (1+ / 0-)
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    EAEvans

    ...and with Florida's penchant for voting for the GOP (Both houses of the Legislature and Governor)....don't go scheduling victory parties for one of the Dems just yet.

    I have been working in Democratic political campaigns in Florida for over 30 years.  The GOP is always tough and we Dems need to organize and work hard!

    •  Yes, you are correct on all points. (0+ / 0-)

      For the GOP, justice = fear, hate and self-righteous condemnation.

      I would say, listening to Dan Gelber, Justice = Fairness.

      You are right.  Eventually someone will pop up.  My point was that here we are, 2 quarters into the race and no one yet.  Except for Jim Lewis.

      I think this is noteworthy and indicative of other trends.

      Thanks for the input!

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