Campaign sign-waving is a Florida tradition exuberantly practiced by Tallahasseans. Commuters know voting has commenced when candidates and supporters flock to intersections during the morning and evening rush hours.
About 15 supporters joined 2nd District Congressional Democratic candidate Gwen Graham Thursday morning at a three-street intersection leading into Tallahassee’s mid-town commercial district. Members of the Florida Police Benevolent Association made up about half the group. The Big Bend chapter has endorsed Graham in her challenge to Congressman Steve Southerland, R-Panama City.
“Well I think we’re pretty non-partisan and we support Gwen because she’s a moderate and wants to make sure Washington works for the middle class and we support that,” said Matt Puckett, the PBA’s executive director.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio this week attacked Graham as supporting an agenda destructive to the American Dream of unlimited opportunities. Puckett said he is a Rubio supporter but that the Senator was off base with that line of attack.
“I think the Senator is wrong. Washington is broken and one guy is satisfied that Washington is not working, it’s a badge of honor for him,” said Puckett. “Gwen wants to go to Washington and fix it.”
Southerland also has support among the thin blue line.
“I am proud to support Steve Southerland because he has always put protecting North and Northwest Florida families first. Now more than ever, we need steady leaders like Steve Southerland to keep America safe in a dangerous world,” said Bay County Sherif Frank McKeithen.
The race is considered a tossup and ballotpedia.org has polls and other data here. Both parties think they can win the election and are pulling out their big guns. While Sen. Rubio, a potential 2016 GOP Presidential candidate, has stumped for Southerland, former President Bill Clinton will campaign with Graham this weekend in Tallahassee.