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Democrats raise money, rip Gov. Scott at reception

Florida Democrats packed a downtown Tallahassee hall Tuesday night to raise money, rip Gov. Rick Scott and fondly remember their former two-time chairman, Charles Whitehead, who died last weekend.

The party's annual legislative appreciation reception was named in memory of Whitehead, a gregarious Panama City car dealer who led the party during the 1980s and returned in 1999-2000 when the party was adrift and struggling to raise money. Services for Whitehead will be Friday in Panama City.

Most Democratic lawmakers attended the reception, sponsored by a variety of influential interests including unions representing teachers, police and firefighters; Disney; Bright House; Calder Race Course; Realtors; Seminole Tribe; Walgreens; Walmart and Florida Blue, whose long-time lobbyist, Mike Hightower, a Republican and leading Scott fund-raiser, was on hand.

"Thank you for being there for us. Know that we always have an open door, and we're committed to making sure we hear all sides," said Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville. "So before we get to the session, keep writing those checks. We need those checks to keep coming in."

Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, the incoming House minority leader, predicted victories next fall, including delivering "a Democratic governor" and gains in House and Senate seats that will create an "override-proof" Legislature.

Party chairwoman Allison Tant said the event raised just over $200,000 for the party. On Wednesday, party leaders planned to review a new poll by David Beattie of Hamilton Campaigns that Democratic sources say shows some improvement in Scott's poll numbers including a drop in his unfavorable rating. Said Tant: "We expected the race to tighten. This is not unexpected. We assumed that this was coming."

She said Scott will spend millions in an effort to "erase the memories" Floridians have of him. "It's up to us to combat that, and we will," Tant said.




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Ed Jenkins

As we have seen the article mentions the citizens initially doubted the political novice scott but he has now won them over with his excellent fiscal stewardship. This democrat primary voter has warned for months that nominating the scumbag crist would only continue a trend for a party that has not won a governor race in nearly 20 years as the people will gradually be reminded of the horrible condition the state was left in by him and would question why a party would turn to such a massive failure for a candidate. The democrat primary voters have asked for a new candidate in the mold of a Bob Graham or Lawton Chiles, the kind that could win but instead for now have only been given the scumbag crist and the nancy lady who at first seemed tolerable but them she went on to offend the citizens of this family friendly state with her support of perverted and immoral activities.

Dr. Phil

Ed the only perverted and imoral activities are your posts.

Tally Folly

Ed stop pretending to be a Democrat it is laughable.
You are the worst fake political blogger for the right I have ever seen. I hope no one is paying you for this drivel, it is embarrassing.

Ed Jenkins

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I do not like green eggs and ham!

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.

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Thank you! Thank you,

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