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The Florida District 23 Democratic debate between incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova occurred on August 14th.  The news bulletin that was picked up by many of the local news outlets in the U.S. was written by a Political Action Committee (PAC).

Bright Star PAC is based out of Margate, Florida and looks like it is the PAC behind Joe Kaufman.  Kaufman is running for District 23 as a Republican.  He was handily defeated by Wasserman Schultz in 2014, 62.7% for Wasserman Schultz and 37.3% for Kaufman.

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On Tuesday, we discussed the two known candidates for the Florida U.S. Senate’s Democratic Party, Congressmen Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson.  Today, we will meet the three unknown candidates:

  • Pam Keith – Labor attorney and former naval officer
  • Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente – Businessman and political activist
  • Reginald Luster –Attorney

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Pundits are calling Republican Bob Turner’s Special Election victory in NY-9 a referendum on President Obama and the state of the economy.  I’m sure some voters cited this as their reason for voting for Turner.

It would be surprising if former Democratic Mayor Ed Koch helped Turner with his across-the-aisle endorsement.  Just like it is doubtful Turner picked up many voters over New York’s passage of gay marriage.

More likely many Democratic voters stayed home in protest over the Democratic Party’s insistence that Rep. Anthony Weiner resign over the sexting scandal even after it became clear that his constituents didn’t want him to resign.

All of the above may be factors of varying degrees but it’s nothing that couldn’t be overcome before the November 2012 General Election cycle.

What really should have the Democrats panicking is the type of candidate they are able to produce for elections.  David Weprin is probably a very nice man but he’s not a very strong candidate.

Weprin doesn’t even live in the 9th district.  If New York is unable to produce a strong candidate within the Brooklyn, Queens and Rockaway district, then they have serious problems.  Even worse, they couldn’t find a strong candidate outside the district. 

Capable but weak candidates seem to be something Democrats know well.  Massachusetts saw state Attorney General Martha Coakley lose to Scott Brown and Florida elected a corporate criminal as governor because Democrats put up a qualified but weak candidate in state CFO Alex Sink.

If Democrats are unable to find any strong, confident candidates to run in November 2012, they will be in serious trouble.  Republican candidates generally are strong, arrogant and campaign well.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz needs to find better candidates than Weprin or 2012 will be a bloodbath.  It doesn’t appear that President Obama’s coattails are long enough to carry many Democrats along to victory so it comes down to Wasserman-Schultz finding better candidates than Weprin. 

New York’s 9th Congressional District, which hasn’t elected a Republican in 90 years, should be a wake-up call for Democrats.

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Actually, it probably should be ‘And the Rest’.  Who the hell are these people?

We’ve heard of all the main candidates for the Florida Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races and we’ve heard mostly what the campaigns want us to hear.  But did you know that there are other people running in the primaries – and I’m not referring to third party candidates or people like Bud Chiles who is running as an Independent.  We’ll address the third party candidates closer to November.

Early voting started this week in Florida and thanks to the Sample Ballot I received in the mail, I found out that there were additional candidates running within the Democratic and Republican Parties. 

Florida U.S. Senate race

Yesterday, I published a post on the Republican crazies other candidates Dr. Bill Escoffery and Bill Kogut.  Both are running against de facto Republican nominee Marco Rubio.  [Read Florida GOP Ignores Other Senate Primary Candidates (because they’re nutjobs)]

The Democratic Party’s primary also has a couple of unknowns.  In addition to formerly assumed nominee Kendrick Meek and rich guy (self funded) candidate Jeff Greene (not to be confused with the Curb Your Enthusiasm character of the same name) there are 2 additional candidates on the ballot.

Maurice Ferre  [Campaign website]

If you’ve lived in Miami-Dade County after 1973, you have heard of Maurice Ferre.  He served as Mayor of Miami from 1973 – 1985 (6 terms).  He served in the Florida House of Representatives for one term in the 1960’s. 

He’s receiving barely any campaign contributions, has no name recognition outside of South Florida and his polling numbers are below meager.  A judge ruled his numbers too low to be included in the primary debate. 

Ferre is the classic political has-been hoping for one last hurrah. 

Glenn A Burkett [Campaign website]

Not knowing anything about Burkett, I did a Google search and found 2 different websites called GlennBurket.com.  One is his Senate website while the other re-routes to gburkett.com.

This is from the latter:

Glenn Burkett was born in Thomaston GA. to Aldine and Lorene Burkett. He graduated from R. E. Lee High school in 1968. In 1969, Glenn joined the U. S. Navy (from 1969 to 1973) and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Following his service in the Navy Glenn enrolled in college obtaining an AA degree from Pensacola Jr. College and a BS degree from the University of West Florida. Graduate studies included the University of Florida and Florida State.

Glenn has worked in the health club industry and in nutritional education. He has done extensive research and has taught many people how to take personal responsibility for their health.

Glenn is a Christian.

Glenn Burkett does not diagnose, treat, operate and prescribe for disease, pain, injury or other physical or mental condition.  Glenn Burkett is an educator.   Second opinions are always advised; seek from source with equivalent knowledge of Glenn Burkett.  Federal Law prohibits dietary supplements from being sold as disease treatment, therefore, Glenn Burkett does not claim any product as a disease treatment but rather, aids to help the condition.

What I found interesting he felt the need to point out his religious affiliation in his business website bio and the last paragraph.

According to CampaignMoney, Burkett has raised as much as I have – $0 and there are very few articles that mention him.

Florida Gubernatorial race

Mike McCalister [Campaign website

Rick Scott and Bill McCollum are not the only options in the Republican Gubernatorial primary and normally that would be very good news for voters but …

According to his campaign website, he has written the book that ‘everyone is talking about.’  (See, I’m talking about it now). 

“The Right Future for Florida and You … Starting Right Now!”

He is a retired Air Force Colonel and a PhD.  He’s taught at colleges around the U.S. and you can read his resume on his website.

With no previous political experience, McCalister and Scott’s campaigns are very similar with 2 small exceptions.  Scott has spent over $25 million of his own money on his campaign while McCalister has spent under $10,000.  And then there’s Scott’s whole Medicare fraud debacle. 

Of course, McCalister was not invited to the debates.  I for one, would have liked to learn more about McCalister. 

Brian Moore [Campaign website]

One might think that Florida CFO Alex Sink is running unopposed in the Democratic Party Gubernatorial primary however Brian Moore would have something to say about that.

He had previously been affiliated with the Republican, Independent, Green and Socialist Parties. 

I first heard about him in 2006 when as the Green Party candidate he challenged Bill Nelson and Katherine Harris for the U.S. Senate seat.  I gave him a serious look as I was desperately seeking a better alternative than Nelson and Harris. 

His name popped up again in 2008 when as a Socialist, he ran for president.

And now here he is as a Democrat challenging Sink. 

With the frequent party changes and the lack of dollars behind him, it’s no wonder Moore has been ignored. 

Bottom line

It’s clear that both parties allow anyone to file and run but they ignore anyone outside party brass and the only way to break in is if you come packed with a ton of money – like Rick Scott and Jeff Greene.  Without their money, Bill McCollum and Kendrick Meek would have waltzed in as their party’s nominees. 

However, looking at this collection of alternative choices, we’re better off voting for the establishment’s choice than any of these people mentioned – no matter how much we were hoping to find that hidden gem.

So as the Professor and Mary Ann proved their worth and their names made it into the opening credits of Gilligan’s Island, each one of these also-rans fall way short of the mark.

Gene

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