Just in case you were wondering, sad-sack Bill Nobles says he is still in race for State House

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Having collected just $20 over the final three months of 2011 for his campaign and not posting on his Facebook page, as he was known for doing, since Christmas, Bill Nobles was rumored to be abandoning his campaign for the State House.

Well, rest easy local Democrats, Bill Nobles is alive and well. And he’s not dropping out of his race against incumbent Republican Jeff Brandes.

“It has recently come to my attention that there may be rumors circulating that I dropped out of the race,” Nobles writes in a recent email.  “While I can only speculate as to where these rumors began, I can assure you that they are not true.”

I’ll take the credit for starting the rumors of Nobles dropping out, but that’s what happens when a candidate for the Florida Legislature raises just $20 in a quarter for his campaign.

In the email, Nobles doesn’t explain why he’s been so quiet for the last five months, but he does sound worried about what’s coming his way during the next five. “This campaign can be won, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be won on the number of yard signs or the hours of television commercials or the number of bumper stickers out there.”

Or, maybe, Nobles does realize he’s facing an uphill battle.  The poor guy, self-described “as just a working guy with two kids in daycare and a mortgage payment” sounds like he’s asking if you can spare some loose change for his campaign. “(I)f you feel like making a contribution, that would be helpful.  While it’s not strictly necessary, it might be nice to have at least a couple yard signs out there come election time.”

With pitches like that, I won’t be surprised to see Sally Struthers in one of Nobles’ TV commercials.  I mean, seriously Bill, you sound like a fundraising pitch for the SPCA.

Nobles does have one other request, by the way, “(I)f you hear someone spreading the rumor that I have dropped out, please feel free to correct it.”

I stand corrected Bill. (But if you have to send out an email reminding people you haven’t dropped out of a race, your campaign might not be doing so well.)

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.