Straw poll results from Clearwater Chamber's Politics in the Park (which basically sucked)

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I don’t know what I liked least about the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce’s Politics in the Park.

I don’t like the official name of the event, which is Hob Nob with Candidates at Politics in the Park.  Everyone involved refers to it as Politics in the Park, so why add on the gobbledygook about it being a Hob Nob.

I don’t like where the event was held: if it’s billed as Politics in the Park, hold the event somewhere near a park, not the Feather Sound Country Club.  Might as well call it Politics Away From the Park.

I didn’t like the food.  The club was serving this odd presentation of a carrot, celery stick, cucumber slice and other greenery stuffed into a water glass with ranch dressing on the bottom.  Is this how the rich folk at the Feather Sound Country Club enjoy a vegetable tray?

But worst of all was, because the event wasn’t really promoted and because the event was held at a tucked-away location, there wasn’t anybody to hob nob to at the Hob Nob.  It was just the same familiar faces from all of the various campaigns.  Yeeeaaahhh, there’s Nina Hayden — again — and there’s George Riley — again — and so on and so on.  Everybody was there except…an actual undecided voter.

Anyway, here are the results from what was once a pretty cool, must-attend event, which, if my candidate were in a close race I recommend they skip and walk door-to-door:

  • United States Senator, Charlie Crist with 45.37% of the votes
  • Representative in Congress District 9, Gus Bilirakis with 80.77% of the votes
  • Representative in Congress District 10, C.W. Bill Young with 72.09% of the votes
  • Representative in Congress District 11, Kathy Castor with 41.01% of the votes
  • Governor, Bill McCollum with 43.00% of the votes
  • Attorney General, Pam Bondi with 49.66% of the votes
  • Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater with 60.00% of the votes
  • Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam with 67.03% of the Votes
  • State Senator District 16, Jack Latvala with 70.75% of the vote
  • State Representative District 45, Kathryn Starkey with 55.14% of the votes
  • State Representative District 48, Peter Nehr with 36.65% of the votes
  • State Representative District 50, Ed Hooper with 77.01% of the votes
  • State Representative District 51, Larry Ahern with 50.90% of the votes
  • State Representative District 52, Jeff Brandes with 52.90% of the votes
  • State Representative District 53, Thomas Cuba with 53.93% of the votes
  • State Representative District 54, Jim Frishe with 71.23% of the votes
  • State Representative District 55, Darryl Rouson with 53.74% of the votes
  • County Commission District 2 – At Large, Calvin Harris with 61.15% of the votes
  • County Commission District 4 – Single Member, Susan Latvala 55.71% of the votes
  • Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit Group 18, Patricia “Trish” Muscarella with 56.73% of the votes
  • Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit Group 20, Tom Ramsberger with 64.26% of the votes
  • Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit Group 27, Keith Meyer with 46.01% of the votes
  • Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit Group 29, Michael Andrews with 66.80% of the votes
  • Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit Group 30, Kim Todd with 72.46% of the votes
  • County Judge, Thomas Freeman with 71.04% of the votes
  • School Board Member, District 2 – At Large, Terry Krassner with 70.79% of the votes
  • School Board Member, District 3 – At Large, Peggy O’Shea with 75.58% of the votes
  • School Board Member, District 6 – Single Member, Linda Lerner with 60.42% of the votes
  • School Board Member, District 7 – At Large, Lewis “Lew” Williams with 42.41% of the votes

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