Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Five Factors to Watch in Florida Politics over the next month.

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

It’s General Election time!

There is going to be so much going on in the next few weeks and no lie, it’s going to be hard to keep up with. That’s okay. You know I got you! Keep an eye on these five factors and it should reduce the head spinning you will encounter in what is going to be the most chaotic elections in this states history. Except for 2000 of course!.

1. The Migration to Tampa : The Republican National Convention hits our neighbors on the western part of the I4 corridor at the end of the month. In what is being described as an event the size of four Superbowls it’s important to point out that this will be a coming out party for every Republican looking to make a name for themselves over the next 10 years. Rubio, Mack IV, Bondi, and even our Governor Rick Scott (who isn’t exactly electrifying on the stump) will be addressing the “who’s who” of Conservatives in America. You’ve also got political stunters like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Kelly Ayotte taking the podium. The Romney/Ryan ticket will officially except their party’s nomination and the country will see if there will be a defining moment during the convention that can swing the race their way.

2. Webster vs. Demings in the 8th Congressional District Kicks Off: Both current House Representative and long time Tallahassee favorite Dan Webster and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings were fortunate enough to not face primary opponents. This gives them both an untouched warchest to run their campaigns. Demings has been going by the DCCC script with templated email attacks and fundraising requests. She’s added a little of her personal touch with the campaign touring the district on her motorcycle. It will be interesting to see how she does as the campaign goes on. With Webster there is the big question, will he go on the attack? He ran a clean campaign with Alan Grayson throwing everything he had at him. Will that work with Demings?

3. Mack IV, Nelson Back and Forth: Mack IV had it easy during the primary and he didn’t break a sweat but he’s been aggressive since his win on Tuesday night asking for four debates. Nelson has agreed to two. This one is shaping up to be the competitive Senate contest we wanted. What will Mack IV do in the next month to weaken the long time incumbent.

4.POTUS and Buddy Dyer: President Barack Obama and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer “are boys”. POTUS is the only political figure that Dyer will step out on the partisan political background for, and Obama needs Dyer’s connections in the City Beautiful (both fundraising and logistical) to help capture the I4 corridor. And Dyer needs an Obama win in November to supplement whatever future career goals he may have.

5. Charlie Crist: What?! Yes, you heard me right. Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has slowly been wading back into political waters. First his wife joined the Democratic party, and then her husband endorses Bill Nelson over Connie Mack. We know Charlie and he’s up to something.

It’s going to be an exciting 30 days. Get ready.

The Republican National Convention will be in Tampa at the end of the month

  1. […] It’s General Election time! There is going to be so much going on in the next few weeks and no lie, it’s going to be hard to keep up with. That’s okay. You know I got you! Keep an eye on these five factors and it should reduce the head spinning you will encounter in what is going to be the most chaotic elections in this states history. Except for 2000 of course!. […]

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