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Joe Biden, Jimmy Buffett to hold GOTV rally in St. Petersburg on Monday

Jimmy Buffett has a message for Floridians: Get out and vote.

Buffett is scheduled to perform at a get out the vote rally for Democrats Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, and Charlie Crist on Monday. The Florida music icon will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife. The event comes just one day before Election Day, and is meant to encourage voters to get to the polls.

Murphy and Crist are also expected to attend. Murphy faces Sen. Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race, and trails Rubio in the polls an average of 3.2 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics. Crist, the former governor of Florida, is hoping to unseat Rep. David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

The addition of the Bidens to the roster shows just how important Florida is to the presidential race. Clinton has an average lead of 1 percentage point over Donald Trump in the Sunshine State, according to RealClearPolitics. The margin isn’t much larger nationwide, where RealClearPolitics shows she has an average lead of 1.8 percentage points.

The vice president and his wife will attend a rally at 1:15 p.m. at Florida A&M University, 1668 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Tallahassee before heading to St. Petersburg.

Buffett is expected to perform a short set of songs with Country Music Musician of the Year Mac McAnally. The event is schedule for 5 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE in St. Petersburg. The event is free, but tickets are required.

Charlie Crist, David Jolly fish for votes three days before election

David Jolly and Charlie Crist spent much of Saturday the way they’ve spent much of the past few months – casting a net for votes.

Jolly, the Republican incumbent, is facing a challenge from Democrat Crist for the 13th Congressional District seat.

Jolly spent the first part of the morning at an Alzheimer’s Awareness Fair at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the University of South Florida campus in downtown St. Petersburg. His office had helped arrange the event, which included a book signing by Jolly’s friend Kent L. Karosen.

Karosen, president and CEO of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, recently published the book, Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name?  The book provides a way for parents and family to share with children what is happening to Grandma or other loved ones.

Jolly said that, during his time in office, he has made it a priority to increase federal funding for Alzheimer’s research. This year, he said, the House Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member, designated $1.286 billion to Alzheimer’s research. That is $350 million more than the previous fiscal year. The funding will go toward finding better detection and treatment options, improving early diagnosis, and finding a cure.

Jolly said he’s also pushing for Medicare coverage of testing that could detect Alzheimer’s even before it sets in. The earlier the disease can be caught, he said, the more likely it is to be controlled or even eventually cured.

Crist was hopscotched around Pinellas. traveling from Pinellas Park to Clearwater and back to St. Petersburg. Crist was accompanied by former Congressman Jim Davis, a Democrat from Tampa.

Ben Diamond also accompanied the two. Diamond is a Democrat running for state House District 68. He’s opposed by Republican Joseph “JB” Bensmihen. There is no incumbent in the race.

Crist also had robocalls going out over the weekend from civil rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who campaigned for Crist earlier last week in St. Petersburg. Lewis is urging Pinellas residents to vote for Crist based on his record of fighting for civil rights and voting rights, particularly affecting the African-American community. Lewis also points out NAACP praise for Crist.

Sunday is the last day of early voting. The election is Tuesday.

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Mike Fasano making robocalls for Charlie Crist

Mike FasanoFormer state Sen. Mike Fasano, who is now the Pasco County Tax Collector, has endorsed former Gov. Charlie Crist in his run for the Congressional District 13 seat.

News of the endorsement came the same day that Fasano, a Republican, was featured in a robocall supporting Crist’s candidacy. Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly.

In the robocall, Fasano says, “Hi, I’m Mike Fasano. I’m a lifelong Republican, and I’m supporting Charlie Crist for Congress. Before you cast your vote, there are a few things you oughtta know.

“As governor, Charlie worked with both parties to get things done, like lowering your sky-high property taxes. Charlie will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare as we know it; David Jolly wants to privatize it and hand it to Wall Street.

“Charlie Crist took on the big utility companies for overcharging us; David Jolly got $350,000 from Duke Energy and Florida Power and Light last week alone. Charlie will protect Pinellas beaches and our tourism business; Jolly wants to expand oil drilling in the Gulf. Charlie Crist will protect our veterans; David Jolly wants to privatize and dismantle the VA. Charlie needs your vote.”

A scheduling issue prevented Fasano from appearing with Crist during a campaign stop early Friday afternoon at Solar Source, a Largo company that does solar and electrical installations and general contracting.  But representatives from both the national and local offices of the Sierra Club were at the tour.

Wayne Wallace, the founder of Solar Source, said Crist was the first Florida governor to install solar power while in office. Solar Source, he said, installed a solar swimming pool heater in the Governor’s Mansion.

Charlie Crist“I call him a pro-solar man,” Wallace said. “He is not beholden to the fossil fuel interests, which most politicians are.”

Crist said that, while on the campaign trail, he has heard from voters who are “very frustrated with the utility companies.”

Many of the complaints, he said, center on cost. Using himself as an example, Crist said his July electric bill was about $300. The next month, it was more than $500.

“It’s horrific,” Crist said. “If we did more [solar] rather than whatever Duke does, which is gouge us” people would have more disposable income to use for their families.

Later, Crist said, “We have such an obvious and clear answer to solving the stranglehold” of the utility companies. “It’s the sun. … We need to highlight what this company, what anyone’s doing in this industry to harness God’s power.”

Early voting ends Sunday. The election is Tuesday.

Charlie Crist campaign adds another $5,500 to his campaign warchest

Charlie Crist added another $5,500 in campaign contributions Wednesday.

Among the contributions was a $1,000 check from the political committee, Friends of Rose DeLauro. DeLauro has been representing Connecticut’s third district in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two decades.

Crist also received a $1,000 contribution from Democrats Reshaping America (Dreampac), a Democratic super PAC, and a $1,000 contribution from Lisa DeBartolo, who oversees the DeBartolo Family Foundation as its executive director. She is also executive vice president of DeBartolo Holdings. She’s perhaps best known for being the daughter of former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and cousin to Jed York, the current Niners CEO.

Crist is running in Florida’s 13th Congressional District against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly.

Through Oct. 19, Jolly had brought in about $1.9 million and had about $160,000 of that money on hand, while Crist had raised over $1.5 million through Oct. 19 and had about $169,000 in his campaign account.

DCCC to air radio ads in CD 7 and 13 featuring Barack and Michelle Obama

Aiming at driving black voters to the polls to vote on down-ballot races,  the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now airing radio ads featuring Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in Florida’s congressional Districts 7 and 13, two districts with a significant African-American population.

This DCCC radio advertising campaign begins Thursday and runs until next Monday, Nov. 7 in the Orlando and Tampa markets. The DCCC says the ads will run on hip-hop, R&B, and urban contemporary radio stations, in order to target voters young and old. In Orlando, the campaign will run the maximum number of spots on four different African-American radio stations.

“Each and every voice will make a difference in this high-stakes election, and this radio advertising effort courtesy of Barack and Michelle Obama is a critical part of the plan for House Democrats to pick up seats in Florida on Election Day,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan. “We have long recognized the need to engage critical Democratic base voters, including African-Americans, Latinos, and millennials, and I am thankful that the Obamas are urging the American people to turn out early and strongly in Florida and key districts across the country.”

Democrat Stephanie Murphy is facing GOP incumbent John Mica in District 7, while Charlie Crist is attempting to bring the CD 13 seat into the Democratic column for the first time in several generations against Republican David Jolly.

There has been considerable discussion that black voters in Florida are voting in lower numbers to date than in 2008 and 2012, when Obama was on the ballot. Most observers believed Hillary Clinton would never be able to match those historic numbers, but with Florida looking to be a dead-even race (the RealClearPolitics shows Donald Trump to have a narrow lead), the campaign needs to do everything it can to bring out its base voters.

In CD 13, Jolly is making an appeal to black voters specifically, running ads criticizing Crist for his previous incarnation as “Chain Gang Charlie,” when he pushed for aggressive treatment of prisoners.

Here are the scripts for the radio ads:


Michelle Obama: This election is about more than the White House. It’s also about electing leaders to Congress who care as much as we do about our children’s future.

Announcer: Stand up and be counted. Cast your ballot early and show that your vote matters. Early voting in Orange County is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through Sunday, and in Seminole County 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day through Sunday.

Vote today for Democrats all the way down the ballot.


Announcer: Our future matters. So, make sure your voice is heard, Nov. 8th.

Barack Obama: We have the opportunity to build on all the progress we’ve made, to fight for the issues you and I believe in. I’m doing everything I can to make sure our Democrats all around the country have what they need to win, and that’s why I need you. I need you to vote. I need you to make sure your friends, family, and neighbors vote.

Announcer: Continue President Obama’s legacy. Show up and be counted. Vote Democrats for Congress on Tuesday.


Michelle Obama:

This election is about more than the White House. This election is about planning for our children’s future. It’s about electing a Congress that will have our interests at heart. Support the issues that matter to you, work with our president, and continue my husband’s legacy, building on the progress we’ve made.

On Tuesday, I want you to vote. I want you to make sure that your friends, families, and neighbors vote. Vote for your future. Vote for your children’s future. Vote Democrat all the way down the ballot.

Charlie Crist nets another $7K from lobbyists, Morgan & Morgan employees

Former Gov. Charlie Crist reported another $7,000 in contributions in a new FEC filing Tuesday, including checks from a pair of Morgan & Morgan employees.

The donor roll included attorneys Adam Brum and Keith Carter of Morgan & Morgan, who gave $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Crist took a job at Morgan & Morgan after his lone term as Florida governor ended in 2011.

Also in the filing were Tallahassee lobbyist Jeff Sharkey and Nicholas Herbach of Index Management Services, who each gave $1,000, as well as the American Federation of Government Employees PAC, which gave $2,500.

Crist is running in Florida’s 13th Congressional District against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who also filed a notice with the FEC Tuesday to report a $1,000 contribution from a PAC tied to Florida East Coast Industries.

Through Oct. 19 Jolly had brought in about $1.9 million and had about $160,000 of that money on hand, while Crist had raised about $1.5 million through Oct. 19 and had about $170,000 in his campaign account.

Since those reports, the candidates have been neck-and-neck, with each of them turning in new notices to the FEC on a daily basis.

Congressman, civil rights icon John Lewis: Vote, vote, vote

Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist

Civil rights icon John Lewis, now a congressman from Georgia, came to St. Petersburg on Wednesday to support former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986, said he had followed Crist’s career.

“I’m delighted and very pleased and honored to be standing here with you,” Lewis told Crist. “I’m here to support you. I’m looking forward to getting things done.”

Lewis said Crist could help make things better not only for the CD 13, but also the state of Florida and the U.S.

Crist said he was “grateful beyond words” for Lewis’ support. If elected, he said, he looked forward to working with Lewis.

The two spoke at a press conference outside the Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 1045 16th St. S. The two had been part of a meeting and prayer inside the church before speaking. Others who joined them included former St. Petersburg Council Member Wengay Newton, who is running for state House District 70, and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was unable to attend but sent a representative from her office.

Lewis was not in town only to support Crist. He also urged residents to get out and “vote, vote, vote.”

A vote “is powerful,” Lewis said. He added, “I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma for the right to vote.”

Lewis was referring to an incident on March 7, 1965, that has become known as “Bloody Sunday.”

Lewis and Hosea Williams, another civil rights advocate, had planned to lead 600 peaceful, orderly protestors in a march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in Alabama. They got as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma when state troopers and local police blocked the way and demanded they turn around. When they refused, they were tear gassed and beaten with billy clubs.

A successful march was held later that month with federal protection. And, that August, the Voting Rights Act was passed.

Lewis was also scheduled to appear at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus to discuss civil rights. Later, he was scheduled to tour Jordan Park.

Early voting in Pinellas ends Sunday. Election Day is Tuesday.

Mitch Perry Report for 11.2.16 — Hillary Clinton returns to the oldie but goodies in Dade City speech

Remember when Hillary Clinton would invoke Michelle Obama‘s phrase when dealing with Donald Trump that, “When they go low, we go high?”

That was so, oh, I don’t know, October-like.

In Pasco County yesterday, the Democratic presidential nominee spent considerable time tearing apart Trump, invoking his greatest hits of insults as she tries to rally the base in the final week of the campaign.

Clinton dug deep, referring to how The Donald boasted on Howard Stern’s show about how he used to go backstage at beauty pageants to barge in on the women while they were getting dressed.

“He said he did that — he said he did that to ‘inspect’ them. That was his word — and he said, ‘I sort of get away with things like that.’ And sure enough, contestants have come forward to say, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what he did to us.’ Now, as bad as that is, he didn’t just do it at the Miss USA pageant or the Miss Universe pageant. He’s also been accused of doing it at the Miss Teen USA pageant. Contestants say that Donald Trump came in to look at them when they were changing. Some of them were just 15 years old. We cannot hide from this. We’ve got to be willing to face it. This man wants to be president of the United States of America and our First Lady, Michelle Obama, spoke for many of us when she said Donald Trump’s words have shaken her to her core.”

Obviously, talking about policies has never been at the forefront of this campaign, but undoubtedly this will probably be the nature of her oratory over the next six days. Not exactly the soaring rhetoric her team could have intended to be her message in closing out this interminable campaign.

There are reports this morning that Team Clinton and their allies are freaking out about the black vote not being as robust for Clinton so far in early/absentee voting, in comparison to 2008 and 2012.

Message to the rest of planet Earth — Nobody every thought it could be. Barack Obama‘s name on the ballot was revolutionary in 2008, and though much less so in 2012, it still brought out the black vote in unprecedented ways. Did anybody seriously think Clinton was going to match that number?

Clinton remains strong with older blacks, but millennials have never bought into her to the same extent. A friend of mine yesterday questioned the entire premise that Clinton was so popular among blacks. He said, wasn’t that what “they” said took her over the top over Bernie Sanders?

That wasn’t an opinion; that was a fact. Clinton dominated the black vote — a huge demographic in Democratic primaries — over the Vermont-based socialist senator. I’ve argued that if he had made stronger inroads with the African-American community to any extent prior to his unlikely rise over the past year, he might have had a fighting chance at the nomination.

But Clinton, and certainly Sanders, were never going to get a comparable black vote in 2008 or 2012. Not going to happen.

In other news …

One interesting trend in Florida with less than a week before the voting ends is the record vote from the Latino community to date.

SD 18 Democrat Bob Buesing has gone up on TV with his final ad (he says).

David Jolly isn’t giving up on trying to take part of the black vote in St. Petersburg away from Charlie Crist. The CD 13 Republican is airing a new ad that once again goes back in time to the era when his Democratic opponent was known as “Chain-Gang Charlie.”

Former Florida Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham held a conference call yesterday to detail his problems with Amendment 1, the solar power initiative. Graham said its passage could neutralize the Amendment 4 solar power measure that passed by 73 percent in August. A spokesperson for the measure strongly disagrees with him.

Civil engineer Wael Odeh hopes to win a Temple Terrace City Council seat next week, despite a hate-filled letter spread to households in the city last month regarding his character because he is a Muslim.

Newly leaked WikiLeaks emails indicate that while former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz was all about Hillary Clinton, the feeling among some of her staffers absolutely wasn’t mutual.

Former St. Pete Representative Rudy Bradley stars in David Jolly’s latest ad


David Jolly again revives Charlie Crist‘s visit to a prison in Alabama where he observed a literal prison chain gang in 1995 in a new ad running on television and online.

The ad, called “See How it Feels,” stars former St. Petersburg Democrat-turned-Republican state lawmaker Rudy Bradley, who looks sternly into the camera and says the incident is personal to him, “because he forced my brother-in-law, Harry K. Singletary, to watch.”

Singletary was selected as Florida’s Secretary of the Department of Corrections by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles. He accompanied Crist to Limestone Correctional Institution in Alabama in June of 1995 to see how that state ran its chain gang program, a legislative interest of then-state Sen. Crist at the time.

“Harry felt sick because Crist felt joy in black men being humiliated,” Bradley says in the ad. A graphic flashes on the screen with a quote that “Singletary was visibly sickened,” citing a Sunshine State News story from 2014 written by columnist Nancy Smith.

Bradley served in the Florida House from 1994-2000. He was initially elected as a Democrat, but then switched parties and became a Republican.

This is the second digital ad Jolly has aired referring to the incident, which Jolly first brought to the campaign during the first debate between the two candidates in September.

Crist has responded he supported chain gangs because of the high crime rate in Florida. When confronted by Jolly in that debate, Crist pivoted and attempted to put Jolly on the defensive, saying the notion his tough-on-crime stance had anything to do with race was simply “appalling.”

Florida’s 13th Congressional District was redistricted last year, making it much more Democratic-friendly, in large part because of the inclusion of parts of St. Petersburg GOP lawmakers had previously carved out and left for Congressional District 14 Democrat Kathy Castor to inherit from across Tampa Bay. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the district should no longer cross the water, making it more compact.

Polls have been all over the place in the race, but there’s no doubt that Jolly needs to sway a certain percentage of Democrats to switch over and vote for him to allow him to retain the seat. The revival of the “Chain-Gang Charlie” persona of the mid 1990s is part of that strategy.

Watch the video below:

Convincing black folk to not vote for Charlie Crist now central to David Jolly’s re-election campaign

With a week to go before Election Day, a shocking development has taken place in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

According to several sources, there are black people in the district! Not only that, they may not all vote as a monolithic block.

And, believe it or not, the Republican incumbent, David Jolly, is actually campaigning for the votes of black residents.

“It’s stunning,” said one St. Petersburg-based political consultant who asked to remain anonymous because it’s easier to say what you think when you don’t have to go on the record, even though it looks better for the writer if there are quotation marks in the top third of a story. “All along, the local GOP had just assumed that there was no way to convince a black person to vote for both Democrat Hillary Clinton and a Republican for Congress.”

“Mind blown,” said another Republican activist in between sending Snaps to his friends.

Separating black voters who support Clinton from Democrat Charlie Crist appears to be the key to Jolly’s re-election strategy. And there’s some math to back up Jolly’s logic.

In the only survey conducted by St. Pete Polls that had Jolly up on Crist, it was because the former governor’s partisan support was soft. In that poll — which showed Jolly with a three-point lead — Crist held only 67 percent of the Democratic base, with Jolly earning 20 percent.

In subsequent polls, all of which show Crist leading, the Democrat has been able to capture about three-fourths of his base.

Since that poll, which coincided with the first debate between Crist and Jolly, the Republican has aggressively targeted CD 13’s black voters.

It’s almost as if Jolly woke up Sept. 20 and discovered south St. Petersburg.

What a candidate posts to his Facebook page is, by no means, a scientific indicator of how they are spending the resources of money and time, but in the time since that poll showed Jolly with a pathway to victory that wound through Midtown St. Petersburg, he has posted disproportionately more about campaigning with black voters.

In the period between when Jolly announced he would drop out of the U.S. Senate race to the first debate (June 17 to Sept. 19), Jolly’s campaign posted approximately 61 photos to Facebook. Of those photos, 40 feature people who where white, 21 of people who were black.

Since the debate, Jolly’s campaign has featured 16 photos with faces of color, while only four are of white people.

Mind you, this is all back-of-the-envelope math, so scroll through Jolly’s Facebook page yourself. Do so and you will see that the battle for CD 13 is not being fought in the tony neighborhoods of Old Northeast and Snell Isle or the beach communities.

No, the winner of Congressional District 13 may very well be decided by the black folk of south St. Petersburg.

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