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GOP consultant at Tampa Tiger Bay admits that negative advertising helps suppress the vote

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Although most people decry negative advertising in political campaigns, strategists say they work, which is why no matter how odious it is to the average voter, it’s not going away anytime soon. Whether that’s accurate or not, one veteran Florida Republican political strategist admitted at Friday’s Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting that such advertising can suppress the vote, and be beneficial in helping a candidate win. “If you can find an issue that would not suppress, but turn people against voting,…

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Suncoast Tiger Bay’s annual ‘Night with the Tigers’ was kind of a bust

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Suncoast Tiger Bay is known for its politically raucous meetings in which the nonpartisan political club’s motto, “carving a politician up for lunch,” really comes to life. Whether the politically novice crew is grilling the mayor, police chief or candidates for state office, members and their guests (and often the press) are usually in for a treat. Non-answers don’t fly. Talking points are checked at the door. It’s a relentless bunch on a mission for juicy new info in tired…

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Has Pam Bondi recovered since her poor performance at Tiger Bay?

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Recently, I had the pleasure of running into state Sen. Dave Aronberg, whom I asked which GOP candidate would he rather face in the general: Holly Benson, Pam Bondi or Jeff Kottkamp.  Of course he didn’t take the bait and actually answer the question, but while we were talking I began to ask myself: Has Pam Bondi recovered yet from her poor performance at Suncoast Tiger Bay and the subsequent media coverage about her spotty voting record? Of course, I…

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Alex Sink coming to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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Democrat Alex Sink is rolling out the public phase of her campaign for governor, and one of her first stops will be the Tigers’ Den.  Chief Financial Officer Sink accumulated more votes than Governor Charlie Crist when she first ran for office four years ago, but faces a tougher climb this time. Though closing in the polls, she still trails probable Republican opponent Bill McCollum.  It’s a tough year for the D’s, her long private sector career as a corporate…

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Video: Pam Bondi becomes ‘a deer in the headlights’ when asked about her vote on 2008’s Amendment 1

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Until yesterday, I believed Pam Bondi was the GOP’s best choice for attorney general.  But her performance at the Tiger Bay has me — and anyone else who was in the room — questioning her capacity to even do the job.  Just watch her answer to the first question of the debate: Question: I would like to know did you vote for or against Amendment 1 in January of 2008? Bondi: Can you tell us what Amendment 1 was? Question:…

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Video: Pam Bondi becomes ‘a deer in the headlights’ when asked about her vote on 2008’s Amendment 1

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Until yesterday, I believed Pam Bondi was the GOP’s best choice for Attorney General.  But her performance at the Tiger Bay has me — and anyone else who was in the room — questioning her capacity to even do the job.  Just watch her answer to the first question of the debate: Question: I would like to know did you vote for or against Amendment 1 in January of 2008? Bondi: Can you tell us what Amendment 1 was? Question:…

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Why didn’t Pam Bondi answer questions today about 2008 Amendment 1 campaign? Because she didn’t bother to vote in that election

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At this afternoon’s Tiger Bay debate between the GOP aspirants for attorney general, candidate Pam Bondi was asked directly by political consultant Dave Zachem about how she voted in January 2008 on the much-discussed Amendment 1 ballot initiative (which doubled the homestead exemption for almost all Florida homeowners). This initiative was championed by Gov. Charlie Crist, who promised property taxes would “drop like a rock.”  With all of the money spent in support of Amendment 1, you would have had to been living…

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