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April 2016

Florida Governor Rick Scott says it is time for stop Trump efforts to end.

Rick ScottMoments ago on Florida Governor Rick Scott's Facebook page, he said, "it is time for the "Stop Trump" movement to end."

Scott has long supported Trump even though he did not formally endorse Trump during the Florida primary. In his Facebook post this afternoon, Scott it is time for "Republicans to come together."

Here is Scott's post:

It is time for the ‘Stop Trump’ movement to end. Yesterday’s election results show that the anti-Trump efforts didn’t work.

Republicans now need to come together. Donald Trump is going to be our nominee, and he is going to be on the ballot as the Republican candidate for President. The Republican leaders in Washington did not choose him, but the Republican voters across America did choose him. The voters have spoken.

If the anti-Trump groups don’t stop now, their efforts will be nothing more than a contribution to the Clinton campaign.

The damage that President Obama has done to our country is serious and substantial. We cannot afford another four years of liberal incompetence, and that is exactly what Hillary Clinton would bring.

We’ve had an extensive debate amongst ourselves, it is now time to get serious about winning in November. This was a hard fought campaign, but now is the time for Republicans to unite.

Will Gwen become the the third Graham to run for Florida governor?

This morning, North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham posted a video saying she is seriously considering running for governor in 2018 following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather.

Let's start with this premise - yes she is running.

This will bring great joy to many Democrats who look at a very thin field of potential candidates with the most notable being Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Graham, 53, was elected to Congress in 2014 but now faces daunting odds after redistricting all but handed her seat to the Republicans. 

Ernest GrahamGraham's grandfather, Ernest "Cap" Graham (fifth from the left) ran for governor in 1944 after serving two terms in the Florida Senate. It was a time when winning the Democratic primary meant winning the governor's race. It was also a time where most political power rested in North Florida. 

Graham had moved to Miami to grow sugar for Pennsylvania Sugar Company, later named Pennsuco Farming Company. When Pennusco gave up, Graham acquired much of the land and converted it to dairy farming. Some of that land is now Miami Lakes.

Coming in third, Graham lost to Millard Caldwell. Graham died in 1957. 

In 1978, his son Bob Graham, successfully was elected governor and serve two highly terms. In 1986, Graham was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served until 2005.

Most recently, Graham has been in the news, including a spot on 60 minutes, as a leader of bipartisan effort to release 28 secret pages of the 911 report. These pages, which Graham saw while chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, contain information about possible Saudi connections to the 911 terrorists.

While there is a long Graham family history in Florida, the road for a second Graham in the governor's mansion, a places she first moved into as a teenager, is a far from assured.

Her video is the start of a long journey that could either end up like her father or her grandfather.



Lake Worth woman makes a fool of herself shouting at Rick Scott

Let's start with the fact that Rick Scott is not one of Florida's most beloved governors. Still, the video going viral of a former Lake Worth city commissioner screaming at Scott as he was getting a cup of coffee in a Gainesville Starbucks is troubling.

Cara Jennings, 38, is a self-proclaimed anarchist. Long known in Lake Worth for her antics, as well as her concerns about the poor and others ignored by society at large, Jennings was a city commissioner from 2006 to 2010.

Jennings gives much of herself to fight for the causes she believes in. More citizens should be as involved in issues they care about.

Still, there is nothing appropriate about her screaming at Scott. Her actions suggest someone who has become so self-absorbed that she no longer understands the consequences of boorish behavior.

Of course Scott, as he is about to dash out the door, grins and says he created 1 million jobs.

Once again proving that no Florida governor has ever been more disconnected with the average Floridian than Scott.

Still, Jennings behavior, where a bunch of folks just wanted to drink their coffee, was rude, inappropriate and something not to be applauded.

Unfortunately, many folks are praising what Jennings did.

You should reconsider.


Learn more about Cara Jennings here.

David Jolly campaign admits altering his Wikipedia page

Well this is odd. BuzzFeed is reporting that David Jolly's campaign changed his Wikipedia page to delete reference to his involvement with the Church of Scientology,  the fact that he was a lobbyist, and other information about the Republican U.S. Senate candidate.

From BuzzFeed:

Sarah Bascom, Jolly’s spokesperson, confirmed that the campaign removed references to Jolly’s past career as a lobbyist, his association with the Church of Scientology, his support for same sex marriage, and political contributions he made to Democratic candidates. Bascom accused a unspecified rival campaign of adding what she described as “campaign propaganda” in the first place.

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Each piece of information deleted by the campaign was cited, and some of it has been included in his Wikipedia page for more than a year. After the Jolly campaign deleted the information the first time, on March 15, it was reinstated later in the day by another user. On April 4, the campaign again deleted the information before it was again reinstated.

Asked by BuzzFeed News which Wikipedia users were associated with a rival campaign, Bascom pointed to two users named “CFredkin” and “Champaign Supernova.” Both users have a long history of Wikipedia editing of politicians on both sides of aisle, dating back years. In 2014, “Champaign Supernova” was awarded a Wikipedia “Barnstar Award” for editing the pages of members of Congress. “CFredkin” received a “Barnstar award” as well.

Read the complete BuzzFeed story here.

Clearly Bascom's attempt to remove elements from the Jolly's Wikipedia page was a mistake. It simply highlights for his opponents areas where the Jolly campaign is worried.

Plus, it make the candidate look bad. It makes it appear that he has something to hide.

You can already imagine the 30-second video. 

The Florida Republican primary will be tough enough without unforced errors.