Florida independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist personally lobbied Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek to exit the race this week, offering him a cross that had been a gift from his sister, Mr. Meek said Friday.
The gesture occurred Monday as Mr. Crist and Mr. Meek were surrounded by local Jewish leaders at a Hollywood, Fla., meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“I was shocked when he did it,” Mr. Meek said in an interview late Friday. “I told him to keep the cross and that I carry my Christianity in my heart.”
Crist spokesman Danny Kanner said he would not comment on a private conversation.
[F[or many more people in line at the polls in Miami Gardens, fears of a possible Senator Rubio were guiding their decisions. Voters said they waited nearly an hour to cast their ballots because they wanted to stand up against Mr. Rubio’s support for an Arizona-style immigration law, his stated goal of changing Social Security and his association with the Tea Party, which struck many as a mask for ignoring the needs of black Floridians and the less fortunate.
“When I hear Rubio speak, it’s just frightening,” said Stephanie Moore, 49, a freelance consultant who said she would vote for Mr. Crist. “That whole Tea Party movement — it’s going to set black folks back by 40 years.”
I don’t understand this kind of thinking, at all. Setting black folks back? What is she basing that on? These folks seem to forget which party voted against civil rights of the ’60s.
Democrats have caused the slums in Detroit (and cities all over this country) with over 50 years of control. How many more years do you have to keep giving the power to the them before you figure out that they aren’t working FOR your betterment?
And on another related topic: Rubio has scared the besjesus out of the democrats. Prime example is this Meeks/Crist/Clinton/Obama stand off. Who asked who to quit the race, when did they ask, and why?
I think they are more afraid of Rubio than they are of Michele Bachmann. Rubio is the face of a president and they know it. Rubio is the greatest hope of many Republicans and not just in Florida. If he were running today, he’d have my vote. He is the inheritor of the great communicator.
And on just one more topic:
In Connecticut today, and as I’ve seen at all democrat rallies this year, there are signs with the Obama brand on them. He says this election is not about him but his symbol is everywhere at these rallies. It’s a loser and yet, they still flash it around. What I really think is that this is for him, this is the start of the ’12 race. We are going to see him do – for the next 2 years – what he does best: campaign. He can’t govern but he sure can campaign.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is out to make sure his presence pays for Democrats, launching a three-day fundraising trip on Monday in which he will touch nearly every region of the nation and play up his economic agenda.
His stops include a glitzy Hollywood fundraiser. Oh to be a fly on the wall there: being among the elite who think that Americans are redneck morons who don’t know what’s good for them.
The most important sentence is this one:
By pairing official events with political ones, the White House can bill taxpayers for most of the cost of the trip.
Once again, we will be paying for the Democrat’s campaigns. I don’t know about anyone else but, I don’t want MY tax dollars being used for this. It’s a given that we have to pay for his security, no matter where he goes or what he does, but to pay for him to campaign for his party, really makes me see red – and you, too if you’re reading this.
All together, Obama will visit Wisconsin, California, Washington, Ohio and Florida before returning to the nation’s capital Wednesday night. Each stop involves tight races in states that could be vital to Obama himself in 2012.
The second most important paragraph is that this is about getting him re-elected. But really, those states aside from maybe Florida, are going to go for him again, no matter what. California, Washington and Wisconsin are a lock for him. Ohio and Florida might be iffy. It will be interesting to see how his campaigning will help those candidates.
“You know, Americans of Hispanic descent, you know what the strongest issue there is? That is economic empowerment, upward mobility,” [Marco] Rubio said. “There’s only one economic system in the world that that’s possible in, time and again, and that’s the American free enterprise system.
“And the reason why Americans of Hispanic descent should be Republicans is because the Democratic leadership is trying to dismantle the American free enterprise system,” he continued. “The point is he’s wrong.”
If Marco Rubio is not elected this fall, Floridians will be the less for it.
Bravo to the radio guy who puts Harry in his place in this clip:
Harry just can’t help himself. He ‘s constantly saying stupid things. This is why he travels the state without notifying the media of where he’s going. Then, he meets with only small groups of hardcore supporters. He doesn’t have to work as hard as Sharron Angle, for all the obvious reasons, first of which is he’s got a war chest that goes on forever.
But the most ironic and funny thing about his” Hispanics can’t be Republicans” statement is that his son – Rory, who won’t use his last name on campaign materials – is running against Brian Sandoval! Sandoval is a Hispanic Republican!
Harry is really helping out his sons campaign.If the truth were known, I bet Rory would like to gag his dad and closet him until after November 2nd.
Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) — the person who holds one of the most powerful positions in our government — a protector of the constitution, of free speech and of tolerance — called me stupid.
Perhaps he was indicating that I’m mentally challenged or maybe that I’m just uneducated — I’m not sure. But what I do know is that his comments were a profound insult to me and every other American of Hispanic descent.
During a campaign event in Nevada Tuesday, Reid made an appeal to Latino supporters whose votes he needs for re-election in November, by making this condescending remark:
“I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” he said. “Do I need to say more?”
Yes, Sen. Reid, in fact you do need to say more.
Perhaps Sen. Reid should have came out and said what he was getting at rather than making such inflammatory comments — implying that all American Hispanic voters would be foolish not to conform to a herd mentality for their own good.
I can only assume that the point Sen. Reid was trying to make was that the majority of Latino voters in Nevada would be hurt by a Republican taking office in November because of the GOP’s stance on immigration reform.
But perhaps Sen. Reid would be interested to know that the Hispanic community in this country can make their own decisions. A CNN poll conducted in late July showed that 65 percent of all Hispanics questioned want to see tighter security and increased federal law enforcement at the southern border.
With all the recent talk of ethnic profiling since Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law came into play — I have to say, that is exactly how Sen. Reid made me feel today.
I highly resent Sen. Reid’s remarks for suggesting that I lack the brainpower to make a rational choice, and for deciding for me how my ethnicity should play out politically — because I am a Republican and I also happen to be of Hispanic descent.
And I happen to know many American Hispanics that are Republicans. They are Republicans that share the strong fundamental values this country was built on. They value family, education, freedom, respect and love for this great nation — the United States of America.
But I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised by the generalizations and stereotyping coming out of Democratic Party and its leadership. It’s quite a familiar theme these days, because it seems that I as a doctor also lack the intelligence to make the right choices for my patients.
If this is the formula for success in fixing a broken health care system, it would stand to reason that Sen. Reid may also believe that I can’t be a doctor and be against Obama’s health care reform — especially me — since I’m not only a doctor, but a Hispanic doctor at that. By Sen. Reid’s calculations, I may as well cut my losses and become a Democrat who practices medicine in federally-funded clinic. OK, OK — so I have a flare for the dramatic, but I think I’ve made my point. But all sarcasm aside, what hurt me the most about Sen. Reid’s ignorant remarks is that he has insulted the memory of my father.
My father was a hardworking man that fled communism in Cuba and arrived in this country in pursuit of the American dream. And part of that dream, were the freedoms and opportunities afforded by an economy built on capitalist ideals. Those ideals allowed a man like my father to build his business on his own terms — never asking for help — but always thankful to this great nation. My father was a Republican through-and-through until his dying day. And yes, Mr. Reid, he was also of Hispanic decent.
Hispanic Americans are proud people. They are proud of their heritage, but they are also proud to be citizens of this democracy we call the United States of America. We do not want to be boxed in. We simply want the same respect given to any citizen of this country — to be viewed through colorblind eyes, and to have diversity of choice free from ethnic bias.
The Florida man, 69, is a resident of the Edwinola Assisted Living Facility in Dade City. Shipley, as it turns out, does not appreciate it when fellow pensioners cut in front of him when the elevator doors open in the Edwinola’s lobby.
Yesterday morning, when fellow resident Howard Soesman made that mistake, Shipley “snapped” and allegedly began choking his 62-year-old elevator mate. According to a Dade City Police Department report, Shipley told cops that Soesman “was also smirking at him which also made him upset.”
When cops busted Shipley, he was far from remorseful, advising them that “the only thing he did wrong was not ‘killing him.’” Charged with battery by strangulation, a felony, the senior citizen was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he posed for this mug shot.
Is it just me or does this boat neck blouse strike anyone else as a poor choice for a visit to an area threatened by the most massive oil spill (you know, lots of sticky black stuff floating onto the white beach on white waves?) in our history?
The first thing I thought when I saw these photos of her in Florida was “What was she thinking?” Or does anyone else around her think?
I will put every spare penny I have into seeing that you are not re-elected. Your comments to and about your constituents have gone way over the top. It’s time you are voted out of office and I will be proud to aid in that endeavor.
This guy needs to go the same way of Alan Greyson (“Republicans want you all to die and die quickly”.) These are 2 of the most arrogant, lying, condescending, jackasses in this government.
Stark is the guy who said, back in 2003 I believe, that Bush was sending young Americans to Iraq to have their heads blow off for his (Bush’s) amusement. Did you ever hear about this back then? Of course not. That’s the lame stream media for you. Protect the Bush haters and bash Bush at every turn.
But by God, do not let “you lie!” go without 2 weeks worth of prime time coverage.
My swear-o-meter is off the charts. I’m so angry with this government, with these politicians that I can hardly contain myself.
It’s Christmas morning and I can’t find one single gift to Nevada from Sen. Harry Reid under the health-care “reform” tree.
Louisiana got a nice package. Florida and Connecticut, too. And Nebraska scored a really big present.
Just three days ago Uncle Harry said that if a senator didn’t get his state “something” in the health-care “reform” package, then that senator wasn’t doing his or her job.
And yesterday Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., upped the ante. He said that every state did “get something” in the measure.
OK. I’m excited. What’s Nevada’s gift? Uncle Harry, as everyone knows, is the Big Kahuna of the Senate. He “brings home the bacon,” his TV commercials claim. So if Nebraska got dispensation from Medicaid increases forever, one can only imagine the magnitude of Nevada’s present.
Flat screen TVs for every man, woman and child? No, no — that’s way too small.
A new military base … for every county?
A lump of coal and a power plant to fire it?
Maybe double our water allotment from the Colorado River?
Oh, I know: Lifetime exemptions for Nevada residents and all of their descendents from federal income tax? That would be nice.
Whatever it is, I can’t wait for the UPS truck tomorrow. The suspense is unbearable.
A complete jackass. He’s reportedly raised lots of money since his “Republicans want you to die quickly” line on the House floor. Obviously, those follks in Florida that he represents are a real classy bunch, too.
Holocaust? Oh come on. How much lower on the name calling and vilifying will they get? Will Nancy come out with her crocodile tears and bemoan the mean spirited exchanges coming from her house? I doubt it because they think they are justified in their attacks.
Keep throwing out these charged words (racist, nazi, holocaust, klansmen) and you diminish their meanings.
If this is the level of intelligence we have making our laws, this is then an indicator of how smart we are.