Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mitch Perry Report 4.16.14: Rick Scott team boasts about its direct voter campaign

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

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The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo has posted an internal memo written by Tim Saler, deputy campaign manager for Rick Scott, in which Saler lays out what the Scott re-election team has done already to reach out to voters, a good half-year before Floridians go to the polls to vote for governor.

Saler writes that he expects Charlie Crist to follow the Barack Obama playbook and open up as many as 100 campaign-funded field offices around the state — but boasts that the probable Democratic nominee is already "behind the eight ball" compared to the president's track record in building campaign infrastructure. And he says Crist's is a far different strategy than that of the Scott re-election team, which Saler calls "the most sophisticated and successful direct voter engagement campaign in Florida history."

Saler says that volunteers for Scott have already knocked on 120,000 doors throughout Florida. If that's even remotely accurate, that's damned impressive at such an early stage. Because even with his $100 million budget, Rick Scott has to go all out if he's going to beat Crist this fall. And apparently his team is doing just that.

Meanwhile, a new Survey USA poll by NewsChannel 8 has Crist up 46-41 percent over the governor, which is pretty much along the lines of other surveys conducted over the past few months. 

Crist yesterday also reiterated what he told us at the West Tampa Sandwich Shop last month — that he has no intention of humoring Democrats by engaging in even one debate against Nan Rich, the former Senate Minority Leader who has been running for quite a while now and is also a lifelong Democrat, unlike the current front-runner for the gubernatorial nomination.

Incidentally, some Rich supporters are P.O.'d at EMILY's List, the D.C.-based political action committee that supports pro-choice candidates. Last month the group sent out an email blast exhorting its followers to support women gubernatorial candidates around the country — except for Rich, who has been pro-choice her entire political career. Crist? Um, can we get back to you on that one?....

In other political news yesterday … not exactly a shocker that Alex Sink won't run again for the CD13 seat that she lost to David Jolly in last month's special election. Although there are a lot of interesting Democrats mulling the contest today, it's fair to say that none of them will have as much name recognition, or possibly connections to big donors, as our former CFO ... and speaking of Jolly, on Tax Day he unveiled a proposal to bar Americans from having to owe more than 50 percent of their take-home pay to taxes...

And check out our story about what's happening at USF, where a group of Palestinian students was able to get 10,000 signatures on a petition that calls on the university's foundation to divest its stock with companies considered to be suppliers of weapons to the government of Israel.

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