Nancy Pelosi thanks Florida Democrats for fighting for redistricting

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision of a year ago to declare eight of the state’s 27 congressional districts to be drawn up in violation of the state’s constitution was greeted with delight by Democrats, and not just in Florida.

Although the odds of recapturing the House of Representatives are considered extremely low this fall, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is certainly going to keep hope alive during the party’s convention week in Philadelphia, and she praised Florida Democrats for fighting for fairer representation in Congress and the state Legislature.

“We love that delegation. We want more,” Pelosi said while speaking at the Florida Democratic Delegation Breakfast at the Marriott hotel in downtown Philadelphia Tuesday morning.

Pelosi gave a shout out to Florida Democratic Party leaders Allison Tant and Scott Arceneaux, but showered that love to the entire audience “for leading the way in our country to more representatives and fairer redistricting.”

“Because of your work, we will pick up seats to gain a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives,” she gamely asserted, as she received a hearty round of applause for depicting that scenario.

Although Florida Democrats have complained for years (if not decades) of unfair gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts, it took the passage of the Fair District Amendments via the popular ballot in 2010 that put the wheels in motion for activist groups to challenge the GOP Legislature’s district mapmaking, which they did after the lines were redrawn in 2012.

The League of Women Voters, Common Cause of Florida and a group of Democrat-leaning voters successfully challenged the Florida Legislature’s maps regarding the congressional and state Senate districts last year and, when lawmakers couldn’t agree on a plan to redo it, the court approved plans submitted by the activist groups.

Pelosi then threw out the name of some Democratic aspirants in those newly drawn districts — even if it was at the exclusion of others in their respective primary races. Pelosi name-checked Val Demings in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. She is running against businessman Bob Poe and state Sen. Geraldine Thompson there.

She also mentioned Stephanie Murphy, who is running against Republican incumbent John Mica in District 7; Charlie Crist, who is running against the winner of the David Jolly-Mark Bircher GOP primary next month; and Annette Taddeo and Joe Garcia, both competing in the Democratic congressional primary in Florida’s 26th District in Miami, where the winner will face GOP incumbent Carlos Curbelo.

Roll Call rates the CD 26 race as a tossup, says that CD 7 is “Republican favored,” and says that CD 13 is “Democratic-favored.”

Pelosi then shifted toward discussing the gun shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month, in which 49 people were slain. She said she was impressed with how the community came together in the wake of the tragedy.

“Never forget that word community has that word — unity — in it. A very important word for us to succeed,” the House Minority leader added.

Pelosi said that she hopes that Orlando could ultimately become “the tipping point” regarding the politics of gun control.

“All the world is looking at Florida,” she said about this November’s presidential battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “The difference will be made in Florida to elect the first woman president of the United States. That’s thrilling.”

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NRCC says it looks forward to ‘having conversation’ with David Jolly

Could the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) be coming to help save the day for David Jolly after all? That could be the case after the head of that committee said late last week he looks forward to having conversations with him in his re-election race against Charlie Crist this fall.

The relationship between the Pinellas County Congressman and the committee responsible for electing Republicans to Congress seemed to be in tatters after Jolly’s appearance on “60 Minutes” back in April. It was then Jolly repeated the charge that he was told at a meeting with the NRCC after being elected in 2014 he needed to raise $18,000 every day.

NRCC Executive Director Rob Simms claimed that was a lie. The Jolly camp said it wasn’t.

Jolly was on the CBS news program to hype his STOP Act, a proposal that would bar members of Congress from personally soliciting campaign donations. NRCC officials appeared to take the proposal personally, and have indicated they wouldn’t be there to support him financially after Jolly announced he would quit his race for the U.S. Senate to run for re-election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

But that was then.

“We look forward to having conversations with him in about what kind of race he intends to run,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden last Friday in a C-Span “Newsmakers” interview. “It’s a much more difficult challenge for any Republican,” he added, referring to how court-imposed redistricting last year skewed CD-13 to be more Democratic-oriented.

Any financial resources the party can provide to Jolly will certainly no doubt be appreciated by the candidate. The Democrat’s House Majority PAC announced earlier this month they intend to spend more than $1.4 million in the Tampa Bay market in the waning weeks of the election in CD 13.

Various polls have shown both candidates with solid leads. Most observers believe it will be an extremely close race.

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Charlie Crist: Federal investigation needed into Jordan Park finances

Saying he was shocked by the deplorable living conditions, former Gov. Charlie Crist said the feds need to investigate the finances at the publicly owned Jordan Park Apts. in south St. Petersburg.

Charlie Crist Jordan ParkCrist spent Thursday morning touring the complex and listening to details of the conditions at the complex. He heard tales of rats, roaches and mold. He saw outdated, rusty appliances that needed replacing.

“It’s intolerable. It’s unconscionable. It’s not to be tolerated,” Crist said of the living conditions. “They’re deplorable.”

Crist said “the unanswered question” is what’s happening to tax money and tenant rents that are being paid to help keep the complex in good shape.

“You have to wonder where it’s going,” he said.

An investigation is called for he said.

“I would do it my first day in office – call for an investigation,” he said.

Charlie Crist Jordan ParkCrist, a Democrat, is running for the Congressional District 13 seat currently held by Rep. David Jolly. Crist will face the winner of the Republican primary, either Jolly or Mark Bircher, in the Nov. 8 election.

Crist’s tour of Jordan Park came after news reports of the living conditions at the complex. Among the complaints are the presence of rats, roaches, mold and mildew in apartments.

“My issue is the rats,” Jordan Park resident Carolyn Peters said. She said she can hear them above her head: “They act like they are playing football.”

But it’s not just rodents, and bad appliances. Residents say management comes into apartments for inspections with no notice, sometimes setting off alarm systems. And management, they said, has them fearful they will be tossed out if they openly talk about conditions.

This is not the first time conditions at Jordan Park have caused complaints. Conditions were so bad in the late 1990s that the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which owns the 24 acres the development is built on, received a $27 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Charlie Crist Jordan Park The original park was razed and the current complex with 237 units in 104 buildings was constructed. Construction was complete in 2002. Rents are subsidized and tax credits are also provided for the running of the park.

Residents said they have complained both to management and to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority but got little to no response. That is until Augie Ribeiro came calling.

Ribeiro, who is running in the Democratic primary for State House District 19, paid for an inspector to come look at the complex.

The inspector was not able to finish a full inspection because officials told him to get off the property, said Terri Lipsey Scott, chair of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. The museum is located on Jordan Park property.

But Shelton Home Inspections was able to issue a partial report. Among the findings: leaks in the plumbing pipes that allow waste water to drain into the crawl space under at least one apartment. The inspector added, “We noted an open cast iron drain pipe that needs to be sealed to prevent rodents and sewer gas from entering the structure.”

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Eric Lynn gets Florida Medical Association endorsement in HD 68 contest

The primary race in House District 68 between fellow St. Petersburg Democrats Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond is becoming so competitive that when one candidate announces an endorsement, the other also seems to follow suit a few hours later.

The Lynn camp announced on Wednesday that they have received the backing of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) PAC. That comes just a few hours after Diamond announced that he had received the backing of the Florida Professional Firefighters.

“We are pleased to endorse Eric Lynn for House District 68, appreciate all of his support for physicians and look forward to working with him in Tallahassee to advance healthcare in Florida,” said Dr. Chris Pittman, Florida Medical Association PAC President. The FMA represents more than 20,000 physicians on issues of legislation and regulatory affairs, medical economics and education, public health, and ethical and legal issues.

 “I am honored today to receive support from the Florida Medical Association and our countys healthcare professionals,” said Lynn in a statement. “I look forward to working with FMA physicians and healthcare professionals across Pinellas and greater Florida as we fight to improve healthcare and expand coverage to the over 800,000 Floridians without health coverage.”

Both candidates have only been in the contest for a few months, after Democratic incumbent Dwight Dudley announced somewhat surprisingly that he wouldn’t run for reelection in the Pinellas County district. Diamond entered the race on the same day of Dudley’s announcement, and Lynn followed shortly afterward, jettisoning his uphill battle to knock off Charlie Crist in the Congressional District 13 Democratic primary.

Earlier this month, Lynn accepted Diamond’s challenge to a series of debates to differentiate the two Democrats, who appear on first glance to be similar in their ideology and policy stances. However, neither has announced any new dates for such campaign forums. The Aug. 30 primary is now less than six weeks away.

  

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.20.16 – Vetting Paul Manafort

A political convention is often called “the Super Bowl” of politics, and that’s true in this respect: There are a sh*tload of reporters on hand around, and not that many storylines that are unique. Hence, the constant discussion of Melania Trump’s speech on Monday night.

Donald Trump’s top campaign aide, Paul Manafort, said early Tuesday that the claims that the possible next First Lady in America had cribbed portions of Michelle Obama’s 2008 RNC was all about …..Hillary Clinton?

“This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down,” Manafort said.

The absurdity of that sentence should make people look at Manafort a little closer. What is his experience in U.S. politics? Yes, we know that he helped out Jerry Ford stave off the Ronald Reagan insurgency at the ’76 convention in Kansas City. And he helped in the “Morning in America’ Ronald Reagan convention in Dallas in August of 1984, as well as shaping Bob Dole’s San Diego RNC in 1996.

But how versed is he in running a presidential campaign? I had to laugh at loud at Mr. Conventional Wisdom, Mark Halperin, saying on MSNBC that Manafort is as “experienced a hand as there is in Republican politics.” That line was so absurd that Joe Scarborough had to challenge him on that, saying that he had never heard of Manafort when Trump hired him earlier this year.

Manafort and his lobbying firm has made a fortune fronting for a group of clients once referred to as the “torturers’ lobby.”That, we know. His experience in running presidential campaigns? Not so much.

In other news..

In the seemingly ultra competitive House District 68 Democratic primary in Pinellas County, Ben Diamond has begun airing a TV campaign, the same day that rival Eric Lynn did as well.

The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic superPAC created by aides to Harry Reid, have begun airing ads in Florida on behalf of Patrick Murphy.

Arthenia Joyner is backing Sean Shaw in the House District 61 race in Hillsborough County.

An internal poll conducted for Charlie Crist shows the Democrat leading David Jolly 50%-38% in CD 13. Other polls show it much closer, however.

Tampa City Council District 7 candidate Luis Viera has received the endorsement from Tampa Firefighters Local 754. Some of his opponents are not pleased, and not because they didn’t get the endorsement.

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New internal poll for Charlie Crist shows him up by 12% over David Jolly in CD 13

Charlie Crist has a 12-point lead over GOP incumbent David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, 50 percent to 38 percent, according to a poll released on Tuesday by the Crist campaign.

The survey was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, a Democratic pollster who worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

The pollsters say that Crist’s high name recognition is a big factor in his double-digit lead. Crist enjoys 89 percent name ID across the Pinellas County based district, while Jolly’s name is recognized by only 61 percent of those surveyed.

The survey also shows Crist up by 14 percentage points among those registered as No Party Affiliation, 24 percent among self-identified independents, and 19 points among self-identified moderates.

The polls have varied widely in the district, whose boundaries have changed substantially due to a Florida Supreme Court mandate to the Legislature to do so. It has been a very evenly balanced district between Republicans and Democrats for years, but now has a much stronger Democratic party leaning to it.

That’s one factor in why Jolly opted to pass on reelection last year, saying that “no Republican” could win it.

However, he had a change of heart last month. After it was apparent that Marco Rubio was going to enter into a reelection bid for his U.S. Senate race, Jolly dropped out of the senate race, and announced in late June he would indeed run again for his Senate seat.

An internal poll for the Jolly campaign conducted by McLaughlin & Associates just days before he entered the race showed Jolly up by the exact same amount, 50 percent to 38 percent. A St. Pete Polls survey conducted June 10 had the two men tied at 44 percent each.

Last week the House Majority PAC announced that they had reserved another $1.4 million plus of advertising that they would spend in the Tampa Bay market on behalf of the Crist campaign in the waning weeks of the November election.

That buy was noted by a Jolly spokesperson on Tuesday. “Leave it to Charlie to try to own two sides of the same issue,” said Sarah Bascom. “On one hand his Washington puppet masters just had to reserve $2.5 million to protect him but on the other he’s touting a J.V. poll trying to convince his supporters he has a strong lead, despite the majority of polling that has Jolly in the lead.”

Anzalone Liszt Grove Research conducted 501 live telephone interviews with likely November 2016 general election between July 12-17, 2016, including 45 percent of the survey completed among cell phone interviews. Expected margin of sampling error for they survey is ±4.4% with a 95% confidence level.

 

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.14.16 – Patrick Murphy on defense, again

Political maxim #459 is “if you’re explaining, you’re losing.”

Let’s go to Patrick Murphy and his campaign for senate, shall we?

The Murphy camp is furiously shooting down a report by Alex Leary in the Tampa Bay Times published last night that said that his congressional office sought to delay news about relief for businesses affected by the toxic algae crisis so he could announce it at a news conference today.

Leary reported that an exchange of emails between Murphy’s office and the Small Business Administration “gives the impression Murphy wanted to take credit for the relief.”

Murphy’s office is denying the report, with a spokesman saying, “Of course our office did not request for this program to be delayed. Anyone who reads the original email can see that we did not. The official emails that Republicans are distributing to press intentionally leave out the Small Business Administration’s email to our office on Monday morning, which suggests no impending announcement.”

Murphy’s senate opponents pounced on the Leary report anyway, as you might imagine.

“Putting his own political fortunes in front of the needs of legitimate small business owners is stunningly shameless,” said Alan Grayson Senate campaign spokesman Michael Ceraso. “It’s also an abuse of his official power that needs to be immediately investigated.”

“Patrick Murphy should take full responsibility for this attempt to delay funds, resign his office immediately, and be fully investigated by the U.S. House Committee on Ethics for any other abuses of power,” said GOP Senate candidate Carlos Beruff. “These are the kind of Washington games that Floridians are sick of, and why the voters will clean house in Washington.”

This is another bad story in a series of bad weeks for Murphy and his chances of capturing the U.S. Senate this year.

Although his campaign team has forcefully refuted the allegations made by CBS 4 Miami reporter Jim DeFede that he exaggerated his resume and business experience in a two-part series last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running ads every day on cable news in Florida repeating those allegations, using material directly out of those reports.

And then there’s Marco Rubio. The Florida Republican’s decision to come back and run for re-election is proving to be a nightmare for the entire Democratic Party, as the hopes of taking the seat away from the Republicans seems to be slipping away everyday. A new Quinnipiac Poll released this morning shows Rubio leading both Murphy and Grayson by double digits.

Can the Jupiter Representative right his ship? It ain’t looking great at this point.

In other news..

Charlie Crist got an earful from some of his potential constituents, but he wanted in on Wednesday, asking 20 local small business men and women to tell their their issues and complaints that he says he hopes to address if elected to Congress this fall.

Polk County Republican Congressman Dennis Ross is calling for AG Loretta Lynch’s head, saying she needs to go for after watching her decline to explain the DOJ’s legal basis for not indicting Hillary Clinton for her email mess at the State Dept.

Darryl Rouson and Ed Narain had the most concrete plans in Tuesday night’s NAACP-sponsored Senate District 19 debate.

John Bolton’s super PAC (and his mustache) is contributing funds to Marco Rubio and Ron DeSantis’ reelection campaigns.

 

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Charlie Crist takes time to hear from small business owners

Running for political office after a (not intended) six-year exile, Charlie Crist conducted a one-hour listening session with a group of approximately 20 Pinellas County small businessmen and women on Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater.

Among the things he learned was how onerous it is to file the paperwork for a Small Business Administration loan, and how difficult it is for some small businesses to get credit, nearly a decade after the financial meltdown of 2008.

“You’re all small business people and owners, and you really have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in this economy,” Crist said in kicking-off the hour-long meeting, held in a conference room in the offices of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce. He said he wanted to know their issues, so if and when he’s elected to Congress this fall, he could attempt to make their lives a little easier. “Your ideas can be very empowering, and your thoughts are important. I’m asking you to employ me so I can fight for you in Washington.”

Crist has been running for Congress in Florida’s 13th District since last fall, but he hasn’t held too many press availabilities since that time, where at one point he looked like his toughest match to win the Democratic primary against now former opponent Eric Lynn. Lynn’s now out, and GOP incumbent David Jolly is back in, and it won’t be an easy contest for the former Republican turned independent turned Democrat.

Amy Terrell with Amy’s Beauty Supply has recently moved her business to 22nd Avenue South. She said she believes there are many opportunities to apply for a grant, but because she works as a nurse in the daytime, she doesn’t have the time to do the research to find out. Crist said that having somebody help with grant writing might be good service in a congressional office.

Leslie-Ann Ciccone is co-owner of Swah-rey, a dessert bar which opened last fall in St. Pete’s burgeoning Grand Central District. She said filling out the forms to qualify for an SBA loan was akin to a full-time job, and she ultimately discarded that notion and used her credit cards to set up her business. From a local standpoint, she said her main issue was with permitting with the city of St. Petersburg, which she termed “brutal.”

Ciccone said the biggest issue locally was with city inspectors who always had the final say. She said though everything was built to approved code, the inspector she was dealing with still didn’t approve, and she had to continually redo the plans, costing her more money and time. “If we’re being fair, if I have approved plans and I build to them, you should approve me based on those plans.”

Crist said his congressional office might be helpful in helping entrepreneurs with filling out their SBA loan applications. He also said his office might be able to work with local governments and “utilize persuasion” to find a different inspector with the city.

Although Crist appeared to be hearing the anecdote for the first time, that was not the case. Shortly after the meeting concluded, he sent out a fundraising email with a link to his Facebook page, where Ciccone is featured in a short video talking about her problems with the government in getting her business established.

Not everyone is having a hard time getting a loan. Mario Farias with Farias Consulting said he recently went to his bank for new project and was approved within 24 hours.

Chamber officials said the one of the biggest concerns that they’ve heard from businesses for the past few months are new labor rules that will increase the salary cutoff for overtime pay. Currently, salaried employees who earn more than $23,660 a year and meet other criteria are not entitled by law to overtime pay, but that threshold is scheduled to roughly double, to $47,476, on Dec. 1.

Some of the attendees were invited by the Clearwater Chamber, who were asked by the Crist campaign to identify some small business owners to attend, while others were contacted by Vito Sheeley, the campaign’s outreach director.

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Jeb Bush will campaign for David Jolly

Jeb Bush has formally endorsed David Jolly in his race for reelection to his seat in Florida’s 13th Congressional District in Pinellas County, and says he’ll campaign for him this fall.

“I’m excited David Jolly decided to run for his congressional seat and I plan on actively campaigning for his re-election,” said Bush in a statement sent out by the Jolly campaign. “Representative Jolly has done what any congressman should do and that’s do the job that he was elected to do. I am proud to support him in this race.”

Jolly backed Bush in his unsuccessful bid for president that ended earlier this year. He said it was an honor to receive such “enthusiastic support” from the former Florida Governor.

“Jeb worked tirelessly for all Floridians as Governor and especially for children throughout Pinellas and the entire nation as an advocate for education reform,” Jolly said in the statement. “We share this commitment to education, particularly when it comes to improving early childhood education and student readiness. I look forward to working with Governor Bush and families throughout Pinellas on these and other important priorities.”

Despite raising more than $100 million during his campaign for president over the last year, Bush had trouble breaking through with the Republican electorate during the race, and dropped out after finishing a disappointing fourth in the South Carolina primary in February. However, he remains a superstar in GOP politics in Florida, and it shouldn’t be much of a problem for him to campaign against Crist, who succeeded him in the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee back in 2006.

Crist left the GOP to run and lose as an independent to Marco Rubio in the race for U.S. Senate in 2010. After that election, Bush said Crist had “abandoned” the Republican Party and was “not welcome” to return.

In fact, Crist never did return to the GOP. He officially switched to become a Democrat in late 2012, and became the Florida Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nominee in 2014, where he narrowly lost to Rick Scott.

 

 

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Jennifer Granholm goes after Donald Trump in speech to Pinellas County Democrats

Political observers might recall Jennifer Granholm’s impassioned speech before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012 — it was so intense (and at times over the top in its intensity) it had many people believing she might have been on medication. She later joked to CNN that she was simply “high on democracy.”

The former Michigan governor came to Clearwater on Saturday night, where she gave an animated speech at the Pinellas County Democratic Party’s “Prelude to Victory” dinner at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The highlight was a nearly six-minute “ode” in rhyming couplets that compared political conditions in her home state of Michigan with Florida, for which she was rewarded with a standing ovation from the Pinellas Democrats who sat on the stage at the venerable concert hall.

For the past year, Granholm has frequently appeared on television as a top surrogate to Hillary Clinton, so it was somewhat curious that she barely mentioned the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee during her half-hour appearance. Then again, that might have been appropriate, considering that Clinton seemed to narrowly avert an indictment in the controversy over her emails while at Secretary of State. While cleared by FBI Director James Comey, her troubles may not be over, if House Republicans have anything to say about it.

Instead, Granholm did the safe thing for Democrats this year — she ignored Hillary and concentrated on bashing Donald Trump on a number of fronts.

“He’s the most divisive figure we have seen ever probably run for president,” she said, beginning her bill of particulars on why he was unworthy of support. “He has alienated women, he has alienated Mexicans, he has alienated Muslims, he has alienated Jewish-Americans, you name it. He’s alienating at a moment when we need someone to heal, to bring people together.”

She cited NY Times stories on those who have been deleteriously affected from enrolling Trump University, and a Moody’s Analytic analysis that his economic program would drive the country with nearly 3.5 million job losses.

“One of the reasons I wanted to come here to talk to you, is that YOU are the EYE of the STORM. This is Florida!” she later exclaimed.

Before Congressional District 13 candidate Charlie Crist introduced Granholm to the stage, he made note of the traumatic week the country has gone through.

“It was a tough week for our country, but it will make us stronger,” he said. “We will look out for the members of the police department. We will look  out for the members of minority communities.”

Crist mentioned how the 13th Congressional District in Pinellas that he’s running for this year happened because the Florida Supreme Court ruled that CD 13 and seven other congressional districts in the state had been illegally gerrymandered by state Republicans. “I got to appoint four of them,” he said, referring to his four years when he served as the Republican governor of the state.

In her remarks, Party Chair Susan McGrath spoke positively of the fortunes of Democrats in the party, including the hope to maintain the first pro-Democratic County Commission in fifty years. She predicted victories for Crist in Congress and Rick Kriseman in his re-election for Mayor in 2017, and noted one difference between the two major parties in the U.S.  “They’re a party of obstruction, and we’re a party of construction, and we’re building things. And it’s not a wall, okay?”

Along with virtually every Democrat running for office in Pinellas this fall, other guests at the dinner included U.S. Senate candidates Patrick Murphy, Pam Keith and Rocky De La Fuente,  a South Florida-based entrepreneur who is also on the Democratic ballot for Senate this August.

De La Fuente footed much of the bill for Saturday’s event, which is why he – and not Murphy or Keith – was allowed ten minutes to address the crowd in what was a relatively harmless, if uninteresting speech about his background.

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