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Aligning yourself too closely to the tea party could be a great way to lose an election in Florida, apparently. So says a recent poll by Gainesville, Florida based polling firm War Room Logistics. In the poll, registered Florida voters said 2:1 that the tea party did not represent their views. War Room's Alex Patton says this could pose "a real danger to Republican candidates".
Democrats and independents both gave the tea party the thumbs down, with independent voters holding unfavorable views of the nascent far-right movement 3-to-1. Typically Florida elections are decided by independent voters, and the only constituency still in favor of the recent tide of tea party politicians elected in the Fall of 2010 are Republicans, 68 percent of whom view the tea party favorably.
Patton says the risk for the GOP lies in embracing the tea party in order to win the primary election, then being pilloried in the general election by a population who find the tea party's views to be extreme and divisive. Primary elections, however, most often draw a party's most committed members, and in the Republicans' case, these are the voters most likely to support the tea party.
The Florida poll mirrors national Gallup polls that show only 33 percent of Americans holding favorable views of the Tea party. Pollster Dave Beattie says that one reason for the decline in popularity is that, "Republicans are parents, too, and they don't like cuts to the classroom."
A Quinnipiac University poll last month showed Floridians disapproved of Scott's job performance by a nearly two-to-one margin, with only 29 percent approving. At the time, it was among the lowest marks earned by any of the nation's big state governors
Originally posted by pajoly
reply to post by whaaa
Is it any wonder? The new governor is a complete a-hole. His old company had to pay the largest fraud fine ever of $1.7B (that's a B) for defrauding the taxpayer when he was CEO. He exits with a $300M golden parachute. He bankrolls his election where he lied repeatedly in ads and made himself look like a sweet hero of humanity.
Fast forward. He uses state money to have press conferences in PUBLIC areas where he uses cops to keep out people who do not support him. He trucks fake audiences around with him.
He guts education funding by billions then sets up a photo opp with little kids holding signs about how the governor is for education. Turned out the kids were bused in from a private school operated by one his best business assiciates who is now flush with much more state money for his charter schools.
He has a ready made "support" letter on the state website that allows you to automatically forward an essentially I-love-our-wonderful-governor letter directly to prominent Florida newspapers in an effort to counter the flood of negative letters to the editors hitting the papers.
He has lost the support of the police and fire organizations in just a few months. They have publicly withdrawn their support.
He rejected billions in federal money for the train between Orlando and Tampa because he said it would cost the taxpayer money. So a consortium of public and private organizations killed themselves to come up with a plan that contractually covered all the costs and guaranteed no cost to the taxpayer. The gov still rejected the money. Jobs lost? Estimated thousands.
He shortened unemployment to max of 20 weeks even as FL unemployment is already the LOWEST in the nation at $275/week. Now hundreds are falling off the rolls (makes his employment look better) and facing homelessness.
He passed a law that forces drug testing of both state workers and state welfare recipients. State workers got so furious he quietly halted that part of the requirement, but now welfare recipients have their 4th amendment rights violated for his glee. Oh by the way, there was NO study that showed a signifcant problem with welfare recipients being on drugs. Oh and the fun kicker, his former start that he turned over to his wife (and recently she may turned it over too) is a MAJOR benefactor of that law since it makes its money off......drug testing. Now its his cronies business and they are pulling in millions in new money.