Southern Strategy Group’s 2014 holiday card takes on #Fangate

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It would not be Christmas without the widely anticipated holiday card from Southern Strategies Group, Florida’s leading lobbying shop.

Each year, the SSG Christmas card never fails to create a buzz in Tallahassee, typically with a political theme poking fun out of one of the year’s top stories.

For 2014, the theme is #Fangate, the kerfuffle surrounding the second Florida gubernatorial debate in October. Gov. Rick Scott had refused to take the stage for seven minutes, ostensibly because Democratic opponent Charlie Crist had an electric fan under his podium.

The card shows an image of Scott as Santa Claus, placing an electric fan under the Christmas tree. Hung on the mantle are three stockings – one red, one blue and one purple – with the name “Charlie” on each.

After the debate, Scott denied he was declining the event due to the fan, noting that Crist violated the rules. The Governor did not come out, he said, because he was not sure Crist would continue the debate — even as Crist waited on stage.

Regardless, Scott managed a slim victory in November.

“You should know that we’re your biggest fan!” the card says. “Happy holidays from your friends at Southern Strategy Group.”

“Our annual Christmas card has become a source of pride and enjoyment for the firm,” said Southern Strategies Group managing partner Chris Dudley in 2012.  ”We like to mix the Christmas spirit with the funniest political stories of the year.

“It’s a reminder that while politics in America is always entertaining and worth a laugh, we still live in the greatest country in the world where we can get away with it.”

Here the SSG 2014 card:

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