August 25, 2008

Barack, John and Bob?

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr says while Barack Obama and John McCain are sparring over their houses and their vice presidential picks, he's picking up steam in battleground states -- including Florida.

"It's hard to ignore the numbers," Barr said, referring a Zogby poll from last week. According to the poll results for 10 battleground states, Barr was polling 11 percent in New Hampshire and 10 percent in Nevada. He's at 5 percent in Florida, though that's well ahead of Ralph Nader, the man Florida Democrats will never forget -- or forgive. Nader, whom Dems blame for Al Gore's loss in 2000, polled just 1 percent.

Debbie shoots back at Debra

Here's Broward Dem Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's response to the John McCain ad featuring, Debra Bartoshevich, a onetime Hillary Clinton backer who is now supporting McCain.

"This ad does not reflect the sentiment of the thousands of former Clinton supporters from my congressional district who have embraced Barack Obama’s message of uniting Americans and getting the country back on track," said Wasserman Schultz, who also backed Clinton but switched allegiances after the primaries.

"The Democrats I talk to are supporting Barack Obama and Joe Biden because they’ll end the political games of Washington and provide real tax relief for working families, address the energy crisis and restore America’s respect abroad," she said.

Opponents of amendment to ban gay marriage launch TV ad

Florida Red and Blue, an organization opposing Amendment 2 which would write the existing ban on gay marriage into the Florida Constitution, will be running a 30-second ad during cable television coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

The ad lists the Democrats who opposed the amendment, from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Kendrick Meek, Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Alex Sink. "Keep government out of our private lives,'' the ad concludes. "Vote No on 2." Florida Red and Blue argues that the amendment will not only write the marriage ban into the constitution but will add new prohibitions not already in law.

Giving goofy hats a new spin -- thanks to our corporate sponsors

For Florida delegates, the new goofy hat (a must on every convention floor) has morphed into a pair of pink flamingo sunglasses -- courtesy of pharmaceutical giant Lilly, one of the dozens of corporate sponsors handing out goodie bags, hosting parties and feeding delegates.

Indeed, the scrambled eggs, fruit and danish at today's breakfast were courtesy of CSX Corp, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. Wednesday's breakfast hosts include Florida Power & Light, Feld Entertainment and Reed Elsevier Inc.

Signs at the podium note "Our Florida delegation thanks you!"

The rapture over Florida's return to the Democratic fold has yet to subside: "Today we celebrate the fact that we are whole," said Florida Democratic Party chief Karen Thurman.

August 24, 2008

Meek's cousin: I picked the right candidate

DENVER - Kendrick Meek's cousin is here in Denver -- as an Ohio delegate -- and among his hopes for the week, meeting up with the Miami congressman.

The Dayton Daily News quotes state Rep. Clayton Luckie, D-Dayton, as saying the week-long party will give Ohio's delegates a chance to "make sure our voices are heard."

He told the newspaper he also hopes to see Meek at the convention. Meek supported Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination, while Luckie, the newspaper says, backed Obama.

"I picked the right one," said Luckie, 45.

August 19, 2008

Miami's Manny to speak at the DNC

Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, a Hillary Clinton supporter who had previously declined to endorse Barack Obama, is apparently not persona non grata in the Obama camp.

The Democratic National Committee has announced the mayor, who heads up the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will be among the speakers at the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver.

The night's headliner will be Obama's wife, Michelle Obama. Other speakers that night: former president Jimmy Carter, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Diaz, who wasn't immediately available for comment, was also invited to the Republican convention and plans to attend ... so stay tuned.