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Hi everybody. This is my first time writing a diary anywhere. You know how people call into the radio station saying "I'm a first time caller and long time listener"? That's me.

I live in Central Florida. Grew up in Miami and moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1993. Most of you who've seen my comments probably realize that I mostly submit comments regarding Florida Politics. I usually comment on SemDem's blogs (good blogs, dude) and others.

Anyways, follow me after the jump to find out why I'm finally moved to write a diary. I promise it won't be long.

Like my title says, What's up with our Florida Dems??? They either seem to not want to have democrats representing them or just can't seem to get really good candidates to run for statewide and federal office. For example, There has been a number of diaries discussing the Senate race with Crist, Rubio and Meek. Shouldn't the choice be clear that all dems should be voting for Meek? I tend to think so. However, this is what I saw in the Orlando Sentinel this morning.

Fifty-five percent of his supporters are Democrats, and he is attracting 19 percent of the African-American vote. That would be impressive if Meek's name recognition were pushing 90 percent.

Granted the overall population of Florida doesn't know who Meek is and the article goes on to say that Crist's numbers may fall as more dems get to know Meek. But, that is still tenuous given Florida's voting record. Daily, I see letters written to the editor in the local papers from dems stating that they plan to vote for Crist in November. What's up with that???
Also, why can't we get some candidates that have a realistic chance to win the governorship? Four years ago, we had a guy named Davis. No one heard of him before the race and no one's heard from him since. Now we have Alex Sink (No, it's not a guy. Her name must be Alexandra, I guess. See what I mean by name recognition?). Not only is she not known by the general public (Only state employees recognize her name because she signs their checks every 2 weeks), she can't seem to get away from making herself look bad in the few chances she gets to introduce herself to large audiences. Check this out again from the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida CFO and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink was the guest speaker at University of Central Florida's graduation ceremony this afternoon – a major event in the lives of the thousands who packed the UCF Arena... She was interrupted with loud boos and groans when she accidentally referred to UCF as USF in her speech -- at least twice. That's USF, as in University of South Florida, in Tampa.

You see, this could really be funny if she was well known and well liked by the population in general. But she's not. Mistakes like these can hurt alot. I was listening to a local radio station talking about this yesterday (The Philips Phile on 104.1, for those of you who live in the area). The weren't very sympathetic to her mistake (They're liberal, mind you). In fact one of the members summed up her appearance in two words "Governor McCullum". That sucks, but it may be true.
Are we in Florida ready to continue to to be stuck in the bottom wrung of the states when it comes to education, jobs, and healthcare??? I'm a healthcare professional with small children and I don't like what I'm seeing. Hopefully, this can turn around before November. But then again, this IS Florida. So, I ask again, What's Up With That???

Originally posted to DoctorRobert on Sat May 08, 2010 at 08:21 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in-T. Roosevelt

    by DoctorRobert on Sat May 08, 2010 at 08:21:17 AM PDT

  •  It's all about the gound game in FL (2+ / 0-)
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    markthshark, Subo03

    They will have their TV ads (if we donate) up during the summer and Fall.  It's up to US to get the message out and organize for them.  It's also up to other prominent Florida Democrats (Grayson) to start putting the word out as well.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sat May 08, 2010 at 08:24:23 AM PDT

    •  television ads are good (1+ / 0-)
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      peacestpete

      when you can get the eyeballs. Do not discount the effect of direct-mailed mailers. They can convey a larger, more detailed picture of why you should vote for a person, they tend to lie around on counters and tables where more than one person can see and they are not dependant on eyes being tuned in on a certain station at a certain time. Used in conjunction with television ads, direct mail is an effective, powerful tool.

  •  Once the race (6+ / 0-)

    starts heating up, I expect by early October, Meek will be substantially higher than he is currently tracking in polls and recognition within the state.  He's sittin on his cash while the other two are forced to spend theirs.   The Florida Dems will come home by suppertime...

    Woooohoooo Alan Grayson IS my Congressman Life on two wheels is life in balance

    by YaNevaNo on Sat May 08, 2010 at 08:35:07 AM PDT

  •  I agree, DoctorRobert... (6+ / 0-)

    Sink and Meek have not grabbed the limelight in Florida, Crist has. McCollum will be a disaster for this state but Sink has not been a very good candidate. She has not inspired the voters of Florida and is not pointing out her differences with McCollum, something she really should do. Most Florida Democrats are moderates, not liberals, not progressives, which might explain the love affair with Crist. Like Sink, Meek has been very quiet. Maybe he will jump to attention by October, but should he really wait that long?

    I am tired of our state Democrats sitting in the background, hoping that that last flush of money will somehow save them. Honestly, the wealth in this state is in the hands of developers, the type that will support McCollum and Rubio. Florida Democrats don't have the money or the support. I was once involved in local politics but the infighting and personal attacks turned me off. I am happy to work for a candidate but I have no interest in watching county Democrats attack each other and fight for power. Sadly, most of these are good people and if they worked together, they might actually accomplish something.

    After Obama's win in Florida in 2008, I keep hearing everyone call this state Blue. It is FAR from blue and I think 2010 is going to be a wake up call. Obama was the kind of candidate who could inspire people...but most of the Florida Democrats are not. On the other side, the Republican candidates, from Crist to Rubio to McCollum are able to inspire their base and in some cases, the Independents, a large portion of Florida voters.

    So we can keep SAYING that Meek or Sink will suddenly jump out of the little box and make everyone see them but I don't think 'wishful thinking' is going to help. Personally, I would rather have Meek than Crist...but I would MUCH rather have Crist than Rubio. I think this is what you see in much of the polling out there. We believe that this will be a race between Crist and Rubio with Meek far behind. We believe this because Meek is an unknown. Will that change? Maybe..but if you look at the history of Florida Democrats...I don't know.

  •  I saw the LTE in the NJ this morning as well. (3+ / 0-)

    Moderately amazed by it.  Democrats falling all over thmeselves to support Crist over Meek.  Probably because Crist is seen (somewhat rightfully)as having the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the RW and the tea party.  However, that does not make a very right of center politician an acceptable alternative to a real Democrat.  I hope we can change that before Nov.

    I'm registered NPA because of the slap the DNC took at the Florida Democrats back in 2008, I didn't like that one bit. But I always vote Democratic, given the Democrat running isn't on the opposing side of my personal issues.  Some FL Democrats might be remembering that swat at us and are supporting Crist in return.

    Nice to know there's other kossacks here in DB.  If you really are a Doc, I might run into you, the ems part of my name is my work ....

    As to the LTE in the NJ today, remember it's the '320' million dollar paper that was 'stolen' for a mere '24' million and most likely will become much more conservative in the near future. YMMV

    Gone: other things to do.

    by emsprater on Sat May 08, 2010 at 09:13:28 AM PDT

    •  I get the NJ on the weekends... (1+ / 0-)
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      only because my wife wants to get the Sunday coupons. It is too bad the paper of record in this area IS going to be much more conservative. They want to say the community is going to have a greater say in it. I don't see it.
      No. I'm not a real Doc. That's just one of my favorite Beatles tunes. I'm one of the few male social workers that work in a nursing home in this area (if not the only one). You never know, we may (or may have already) run into each other in one of your trips.

      This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in-T. Roosevelt

      by DoctorRobert on Sat May 08, 2010 at 11:01:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just curious - (2+ / 0-)
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    emsprater, ChiTownDenny

    in the recent big flap over FL education reform, in which Crist endeared himself to teachers -- a major chunk of Florida Dems -- how visible was Meek?

    Seems to me that would have been a prime opportunity for Meek to get some name recognition and some positive press. Did he take advantage of it? Part of why Crist is riding so high right now among Dems is that he took on the idiots in his party by vetoing that truly evil bill.

    Relax - the adults are in charge now.

    by NWTerriD on Sat May 08, 2010 at 09:13:50 AM PDT

  •  Meek is running a stealth campaign (6+ / 0-)

    They have been nearly invisible.  I live in South Florida and Meek, who is from here, isn't even in the media here.  His campaign lacks focus and is slow to respond.  He needs to get moving quickly if he is to be anything other than an afterthought.

    I am a Meek supporter and I have been dismayed about how he has continually ceded the big issues to Crist and Rubio.

  •  It'sot Meeks fault (1+ / 0-)
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    emsprater

    The media in Florida only recognise the GOP as canidates. You never see the stations giving Meek or Sink any time like the rethugs. That is because the media is owned by the plutocracy that doesn't want a democracy. We must speak out. I stood up the other day against Fox at a hospital. Fox is blatent but they are not the only ones. Liberal media my tush. GOP has woven it's way into the churches,media,etc... It is up to us to stand up. They are the minority but they are the rich minority. Reagan gave them the country. Our job is to take it back.

  •  think about radio and tv time. Not (0+ / 0-)

    just ads which are expensive. You can by a 30 minute block of tV time in a block for less than 30 one minute ads. And radio time is cheap.

    You need to pick times that lead up to some important event like the Kentucky Derby etc.

    Sink sounds like she is doing a Coakly, USF and all.

    "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - Rabbi Tarfon

    by samddobermann on Sun May 09, 2010 at 02:33:11 AM PDT

  •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

    I am very frustrated with the state party. They are squandering a 700,000 surplus of registered Democrats in Florida. I follow Sem Dems too, although I am in South Florida.

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