Email Insights: Charlie Crist says he’s never met a canvasser for Rick Scott

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Charlie Crist asks supporters a simple question: Have they ever met anyone who would willingly spending a Saturday to knock on doors for Rick Scott?

Crist writes that he has not, and he doesn’t think you have, either.

What the Democratic candidate refers to is a recent memo from Tim Saler, Scott’s Deputy Campaign Manager, who announced a Hialeah volunteer knocked the 120,000th targeted door for the incumbent.

Saler puts it in perspective by noting the Romney for President and Republican Party of Florida took until the week of August 5 in the 2012 campaign to knock as many doors as Scott’s volunteers have already knocked for the governor.

In an email announcing his new Broward County campaign office, Crist not only calls “shenanigans” on Saler’s claim, but he also talks of how crucial a real person-to-person grassroots organizing can be.

Crist says his “simple strategy” is to open up satellite offices all over the state; chipping in $5 or more will help make it happen.

Even a small donation can go a long way to achieving the biggest grassroots campaign a Florida race has ever seen.

No shenanigans about that.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.