Nov 01, 2013
In Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Republicans Stumbling Right Out Of The Gate
There’s one word that describes the unforced errors and mistakes that Republicans are making right out of the gate in Florida’s 13th congressional district: failure. Here’s a recap:
- First, the NRCC started polling voters “literally during the public viewing” of Congressman Young’s body. Here’s their mea culpa – undoubtedly the first of many during this campaign.
- Then there’s the issue of a candidate: even after Republican governor Rick Scott set election dates yesterday, there’s been no word of a strong Republican front runner emerging. Top potential recruits like state Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes are declining to even attempt to run a race here because they know that their party’s brand of recklessness, dysfunction and shutting down the government is out of step with the values of Pinellas families. Similarly, Speaker Weatherford and Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri also turned down the NRCC.
- And with no front runner but lots of unimpressive potential candiates, expect a crowded and contentious primary that could include “five, six or even seven Republican candidates in the race.”
Finally, here’s the bad press coverage of the Republican’s desperate, misleading attacks:
- AP reported Gary Fineout tweeted in response to Florida GOP attacks against Sink: “Fla. civics lesson for @FloridaGOP: It’s the governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature that decided to borrow money.” [@Fineout, 10/30/13]
- Tampa Tribune: “The Actual Spending is Decided on by the Legislature” [Tampa Tribune, 10/30/13]
- PolitFact: Claims About $5.2 Billion Debt Increase “Not Accurate” [PolitiFact, 1/09/13]
- Associated Press: GOP Blaming Sink for Pension Fund Losses “Deceptive” [Associated Press, 9/21/10]
“With no front runner candidate, a brand tarnished by their irresponsible and reckless shutdown, and false attacks being debunked in the press, Republicans are struggling right out of the gate in Florida’s 13th congressional district,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “There’s one word that describes the last 24 hours for Republicans in this pivotal race: failure.”