There is a game plan, oft-repeated in politics, that says going negative beats a reasoned argument almost every time. We are seeing that play out again in the HD 58 race for the Republican nomination, where mailboxes are being filled with fliers calling Yvonne Fry a closet liberal in Republican clothes.
Another wave of mailers went out in Hillsborough County blasting HD 58 Republican candidate Yvonne Fry for her alleged lack of conservative bona fides.
Early voting started Friday and will continue through Oct. 7 for a pair of special elections in Hillsborough County, one that could determine Temple Terrace’s next mayor and another to decide the GOP nominee in HD 58.
The two GOP candidates running to replace retired Rep. Dan Raulerson in House District 58 raised a combined $169,000 between Aug. 1 and Sept. 7 according to newly filed campaign finance reports. Plant City businessman Lawrence McClure, 30, brought in the bulk of the money, with his first campaign finance report showing $107,205 in contributions as well as $39,654 in expenditures, leaving him with $67,550 in the bank.
HD 58 Republican candidate Yvonne Fry picked up an endorsement Wednesday from Hillsborough County commissioner and former county Republican Party chair Al Higginbotham.
Michael Steinberg, a Tampa lawyer and former Democratic political candidate, says he’s volunteered to be campaign treasurer for Jose Vazquez Figueroa, the Democrat running in the House District 58 special election. “I support him because I know he’ll support all the Democratic Party’s issues,” Steinberg tells SaintPetersblog. “I also know how hard it is as a candidate and want him to be on top of all the paperwork.” Steinberg—who specializes in Social Security disability claims—has run unsuccessfully for the state Legislature,…
HD 58 candidate Lawrence McClure says he’s already raised $90,000 for his campaign to take over for Republican Rep. Dan Raulerson, who is stepping down from his seat next week due to health problems. McClure, a Plant City Republican, filed for the seat on the first of the month and said he already has enough petition signatures to qualify for the special election ballot. He also said his campaign was “very proud” of their fundraising effort one week into the…