Thursday, October 26, 2006

Christine Jennings anti-semitic and lesbian? Charlie Crist gay?


Huffington Post:


American Reporter:,893/101.html+%22christine+Jennings%22+jew+comment+american+reporter&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2


Is this stuff just more political smear, or is it 'Memorex'.
Frankly, I'm not so sure I care either way. What I'm looking for here is, pardon the expression, the truthfulness of the candidates and their willingness to be completely honest and forthcoming with their voter base - before November 7th.

Clearly, what we don't want to see are any more scandals in Congress or Florida, most especially if related to those who might be be elected.

Can anyone add or detract from these rumors?

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Veterans vs. Jennings -or- Schneider

Posted by indythinker to Florida FL-13 at 8/12/2006 05:18:32 PM
My name is Major Robert L. Hanafin, USAF-Retired (of Ohio), and I was on the senior staff of Veterans for John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential Campaign. In short, a Veteran Friend of mine in the 13th Congressional District asked me to do an impartial assessment between Candidates Schneider and Jennings because of some confidential concerns he had as a VETERAN.

I sent my response to Ms. Schneider and would like readers to see my response to this Veteran in Florida. Marc, As promised, I took an IMPARTIAL UNDECIDED Voters look at the two candidates from the view of an Army Dad with a Soldier on his second combat tour in the sandbox, who just also happens to be a Retired Military Officer myself and here is my honest opinion and assessment. (Well from a senior campaign advisor on Veterans for John Kerry 2004 National HQ)You have my permission to pass this to each campaign if it may prove helpful to anyone.

Admittedly not personally meeting or hearing either candidate speak at a candidate's forum nor debate the issues, this appears to be either a National or State Democratic party move to endorse Jennings for whatever reason. Thus, as an UNDECIDED VOTER, I would not put much faith nor credence in any endorsement or decision made by EITHER Democrat or Republican National or State party that the candidate THEY endorse is the best one for the job or the people of the 13th district.

That being said, as an UNDECIDED voter (registered Democrat), and the only access to information I had was the above websites. Given my age (56) and computer savy (a growing number of folks older than I are computer savy BTW, I would definitely VOTE FOR Jan Schneider and recommend that everyone on my EXTENSIVE contact list in Florida VOTE for her (don't know how many are in the 13th district).

I would say that goes TWICE if they are a Veteran or Military Family member. Why? Well as you said Marc, Ms. Schneider's position on THE ISSUES are very clear on her website (in fact Candidate Jennings should FIRE whomever developed hers). I could not even find the term VETERAN on Ms. Jennings website let alone where she stood on Veterans Issues or Iraq???

If you have access to the Schneider campaign my advise to THEM would be the same UNDECIDED VOTER'S advise given to the Lamont campaign in Connecticutt against Joe Leibermann (who of course the National Party also endorsed and supported). Spend all Ms. Schneider's limited war chest in the final days of the Primary going after UNDECIDED Voters on ONE ISSUE - the War in Iraq. If the 13th District has a high concentration of Military Retirees go after that vote by having Ms. Schneider talk about Military Retirees being screwed by the Pentagon then wrap up by focusing on Veterans Issues.

I will post this commentary on their campaign Blog.

Major Hanafin

"Marc S. Killam" wrote:

Thanks for your input Bobby. These are issues which I will indeed ask them to address.

My answer in short on why I support Schneider and not Jennings goes something like;

In 2004 during the run up to primaries, I got to ask Ms. Jennings just where did she stand on the issues that are of concern to our Veterans.

Ms. Jennings replied I'm for them."

When I asked Ms. Schneider the very same question, I got a rather "detailed response."

For example, She believes that our Veterans Administration should receive mandatory funding for healthcare costs. {direct funding} & that these costs should not be subjected to yearly budgetary battles on Capitol Hill. She pretty much addressed each & issue, with a clarity Ms. Jennings will never be able to develop.

My own impression then & now, are exactly the same, Ms. Jennings claims the endorsement of John Kerry, well I personnally got on the phone with the Senator's offices in Washington, I spoke with a Raul Avida, he stated emphatically, that John Kerry has NOT & IS NOT Endorsing her campaign.

In 2004 Jan Schneider got 49% of the votes, in an election in Florida, that very much like Ohio, where the election result's have been compromised. {GOOGLE CLINTON CURTIS & read his affidavit of his testimony before Congress, where he testified as a "Whistleblower." Such testimony depends on the results of a polygraph examination. it's quite chilling reading.}

That's just a wee bit of what's wrong down here Bobby. By the way sir, how is your son doing? Still deployed? All my best reguards

Thank you & please remember, for America's Sake, Remain Vigilant & Resist Bush!

Marc Killam
U S Navy Veteran

"...if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their housing, their schools, their jobs, their CIVIL RIGHTS, their CIVIL LIBERTIES.. if that is what they mean by a "LIBERAL" then yes I am PROUD to be a "LIBERAL"..."
John F. Kennedy 35th US President

Posted by indythinker to Florida FL-13 at 8/12/2006 05:18:32 PM

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Beware of "Push Polls"

From: Advisory Committee, Friends of Jan Schneider

Beware of "Push Polls":
Schneider to Run a "Clean Campaign"

As recently reported in local newspapers, some other campaign or group is conducting a "push poll" heaping plaudits on an opponent and hurling attacks against Jan Schneider. Whoever is responsible for the poll seems to have joined the "Katherine Harris lite" school of politics.

The current poll resuscitates an old accusation by Harris in a previous Congressional race that Schneider is a "dangerous foreign agent." Far from engaging in cloak-and-dagger operations, Schneider registered as a foreign agent when she was an attorney for the Government of Canada, as is required by United States law. The poll also advances a number of other untrue assertions, half-truths and slurs.

For those not contacted by the pollsters, here are excerpts from newspaper accounts:

Stephen Majors, "Polls provide more questions than answers," Herald, June 26, 2006:

"Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Jan Schneider said a few of her supporters have been contacted by a polling firm asking 'push' questions like, 'Would you support Jan Schneider if you knew she was an agent of a foreign government?' As an international lawyer in the past, Schneider has had the opportunity to sometimes represent foreign governments. But Schneider's campaign said she resents being portrayed as if she were some sort of 'secret government agent.' Schneider said she doesn't yet know who is behind the questions.

"Angela Barranco, a spokeswoman for the other Democratic candidate, Christine Jennings, said, 'Officially we don't comment on political strategy,' when asked whether the Jennings campaign was behind the polls."

Jeremy Wallace, "Schneider upset with new poll," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 27, 2006 (blog):

Democrat Jan Schneider isn't happy about a National Research Corporation poll being administered in the 13th Congressional District that is loaded with negative questions about her.

Pollsters ask Democratic voters what they think about a candidate who has tax problems, who has threatened to change parties and who was once an agent for a foreign government - a similar charge that U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, made about Schneider in 2002 during their battle against one another.

"Whoever is doing it, it sounds like the Katherine Harris-lite campaign," Schneider said this afternoon.

"The campaign team for Democrat Christine Jennings wouldn't comment on the poll. Jennings' campaign manager Angela Barranco said by rule, they do not discuss campaign strategy."

There seems little doubt that whoever is conducting the unacknowledged poll is testing the waters for future negative campaign tactics. The Sarasota Civic League has, however, required all candidates participating in its evaluation process -- in the case of FL13, all but Republican Vern Buchanan -- to execute a pledge against negative campaign advertising. Advertisements are to be considered "negative" and unacceptable "if they violate the core values of compassion, honesty, responsibility, fairness and respect."

Friends of Jan Schneider acknowledges that "attack ads" and other forms of political "mudslinging" are popular with certain candidates because they often work. They are also inherently flawed, insulting to the voters and likely to backfire. "Especially at a time when the country is at war, plagued with an $8.4 trillion dollar national debt and beset with a vanishing middle class," Schneider is determined "to focus on the issues of vital importance to the people of this district and our country."

To help Jan Schneider fight corruption and cronyism in Washington, please click here to

Monday, May 22, 2006

Katherine Harris Could Surprise us...

Cross-posted from dailykos, May 11, 2006

Prior to the 2000 election.. Thought I had a good track record for forecasting political stuff.

But through 2000 then 2004, I have been in this parallel universe to which we've all been somehow wisked. Now, I take nothing for granted.

I do not want to rain on our (chuckling) parade in this diary, but.. since 2000 I've learned to never, never underestimate the enemy, especially one with 10 million bucks and in today's 'red' Florida.

Senator Nelson and others need every bit of help we can give him.

We ought to make absolutely certain Katherine Harris is really history.

" ..Let's Get Katherine Harris 'Coming and Going'..! "

by Spuddie5348 on Thu May 11, 2006 at 03:05:04 PM EDT

My current concerns for FL-13

Crosss-posted from dailykos, May 10, 2006

My current concerns for FL-13 focus on the meddling by the DCCC in the district's primary process. I have been quite 'vocal' about this since I believe it "just ain't right". For me, it couldn't have been covered better... in 4 minutes-plus the other day on "The Colbert Report"...(Jan Schneider segment) on campaign financing in 2006.

I have seen other instances of grossly improper DCCC interference in local (primary) matters...

Without much free time for such matters, also... not being the sharpest pencil in the political box, I often feel akin to a voice crying-out in the wilderness. Can it be that what I see... from FL-13's perspective... is rare these days? My gut tells me it's not..! The DCCC current leadership's corruption of local primary processes must be stopped.

by melanie5348 on Sat May 13, 2006 at 05:09:14 PM EDT

Florida - Will we ever learn...? and if so... When might that be...?

Cross-posted from dailykos, Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 04:28:50 PM EDT

Back in September 2002 I read the election insert in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. There, I found "the one" real candidate for Congress (FL-13). Suddenly, one person had emerged. Unique. The only one who was truly ready, willing and able to step-up, enter the glaring spotlight of personal and professional scrutiny. A candidate committed to lead in battle... heads-on with Katherine Harris and her camp... while having little chance for success. That took guts and grit. I found a true leader.

What I discovered was, that like me, the "one" candidate is a lifelong Democrat. A staunch fiscal conservative, she has a decades-long, verifiable record of being passionately committed to progressive issues, positions, principles and causes. I found a highly principled, true leader with guts and grit.

Was it too much to hope for then, that she might share the same nuclear fire that had been in my belly, day-by-day to this moment since the nightmare of the 2000 election?

Through the 2002 and 2004 cycles I saw that she did. Terrific...Great!

But sadly, I was witness to so much more....

On the part of some... I witnessed back-biting, in-fitng, innuendos, dirty-tricks, defections, personal vendettas, lies, plots, deceptions, misrepresentations, non-resolvable personality conflicts, selfishness, self-serving myopic perceptions, narrow-mindedness, not to mention a good-measure of old-fashioned human pettiness, ignorance and stupidity. Some say "..that's politics..", but it made me a very sad man. All the while, this went to directly bolster Katherine Harris' position along with that of the menacing forces behind what she represents.

Can we not but sense the Katherine Harris camp's glee as we blithely skipped-down the path of self-divisiveness, and thus, defeat?

At this writing, we are days away from 2006. But we may not have learned the lessons of our recent past. Not locally, and now perhaps, not even from as far away Washington D.C.

While divide-and-conquer ought to be a strategy against one's true enemy, we are [seemingly] content to oblige our political foes once again. Unless of course we - for the next 11 months - would subscribe to the proposition that "...we have met the enemy and they are us...".

Is our side of the isle adopting a policy of political pre-emptive strikes from afar, against District 13? Further, such pre-emption would accrue to the benefit of some likely Harris-clone, hand-picked replacement or the like.

Jan Schneider staunchly withstood two consecutive election wars against some of the most formidable political and financial opposition in the entire country, and both times Jan achieved unexpectedly strong (45%) results in the generals. Further, in 2004, Jan held Katherine Harris to the smallest margin of any congressional candidate in all of Florida.

It should be noted that our Nation's mood is changing. The 2006 mid-terms are expected to signal a slight shift toward the political center. Jan has earned the highest level [by far] of name recognition for Florida's 13th; not to mention amassing strong, hard-earned "in-the-trenches" experience campaigning. She is ready, willing, prepared and quite able to take-on any opponent in the 2006 General Election.

The key questions:

....Are we ready to rise above petty differences?
....Are we willing to set them aside in order to achieve victory?
....Are we ready to stop playing into the hands of our true political enemies once again?

Are we ready to win?

Rally behind and support Jan Schneider (FL-13) for 2006!

Florida's 13th and the Nation need her voice in Congress.

Jennings vs. Schneider

Comment by Bud Hastings
#Cross-posted frrom MIKLB's Mindless Ramblings, May 18, 2006,

Among hundreds of FL-13 voters (ask one) who’ve cared enough to attend mutliple public forums since - January 1st - wherein thoughtful, pertinent yet unscripted questions were posed to both candidates, there is but a single consensus. Jan Schneider truly knows what she’s talking about… in-depth.

She has a subtsantive, rock-solid and savvy understanding of the key issues that effect us all. Why don’t you ask her a pertinent question… go ahead… seek her out at a public forum… go ahead… do it!

But I have to fore-warn you. Jan is only 5'2" tall, has brown eyes and a fairly high-pitched voice (some describe it a “squeaky” voice).

In this regard, she is reminiscent of Eleanor Roosevelt who, likewise, couldn’t do much about her height, eye color or squeaky voice either. But for our FL-13 voters who fancy themselves with an I.Q. above room-temperature… surely, it is the quality, substance, principles and values of one’s mind… what one stands-for.. says and writes that truly count… not sound-effects. After-all, this is neither an “American Idol” competition nor a fashion & hair-styling show.
The world’s pre-eminent theoretical phycisist, Steven Hawking, has no voice at all. He communicates via a synthesized language-computer.

By contrast, Christine Jennings… (with a typical voice) regularly skirts-around answers to basic questions and repeatedly refers to the only (substantive) experience she’s had in life… that of a successful banker. Further, she would portend to spread that experience all too thinly… stretching-it-out… as if it is somehow connected to other issues related to her candidacy… which, in my view, it does not.

Additionally, her campaign website’s content is superficially simple. It grossly under-estimates the intelligence of our typical District 13 voter. Why is that?
It is because her website accurately represents her to the public. It is an honest portrayal of the shallowness of Jennings -on the issues- and as a candidate. Hurry-up though… visit it now…. before her highly-paid consultants read this piece and attempt a quick ‘white-wash’ job:

I will give Jennings this… she probably knows more about banking than Jan Schneider does. As far as I am aware, Jennings also seems a nice person.

At one venue, Jennings was asked a routine campaign question… to which she had no answer… but responded by saying that (if elected) she would “…hire smart people…” to handle such issues. This leads me to the question… “hey, are we voting for an employment coordinator or our Congressperson?”… Such is the management style Jennings would bring… for our benefit?
Oh yeh… the other thing Jennings beats-to-death… is that her origins are humble and her family members were Democrats. I ask.. so what? That describes many folks in FL-13 today, but clearly is no qualification for the U.S. Congress. Is it? ‘Cause if that was so important to her, why was she a registered Republican down here for all those years? Huh?

Jennings desrcibes herself as a “Moderate”. What the heck does that mean? Can you tell me what a “moderate” is and what it stands-for? Better yet, can Jennings provide us a cogent answer? I seriously doubt it. Why don’t you go to the next public forum and ask her to describe/define just what a moderate is. It’s my guess you’ll be in for a surprise at her attempted answer… if she has one, that is.

According to Jennings, Schneider is “.. too far left..”. What the heck does that mean? “Left” where… how… on what issues… specifically….? Huh? Why don’t you ask Jennings that at the next public forum?

Jennings and her supporters believe that by labeling her as a “moderate” they’ll increase the number of cross-over Republican votes to turn FL-13 blue. I say, Horse-Pucky! That’s self-delusional. It’s nothing short of strategic political suicide. Republican-Lite just doesn’t work.
As the details of upcoming public candidate forums surface, I will try to post them here. Also, please watch the newspapers for such notices.

This election is not about money… it is all about the issues, plain and simple… the issues and you.

Jennings is a candidate that may appear to have form, but as a real Democratic congressional candidate, she scores way too low on substance.

No matter how much money she has… It won’t buy my vote.

DCCC Interference Intensifies

# Cross-posted from MIKLB'S Mindless Ramblings May 15, 2006, Confirms: Jennings also has the open support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

DCCC’s interference and meddling in local district primary-election processes is both unconscionable and indefensible.

It creates dissent and divides our forces at precisely the moment when we all must share unity-of-purpose… which is to turn this district blue with the most electable, true Democrat and not a former Republican turned latter-day-Dem who can self-finance… and who is already being referred to as “Katherine Harris Lite”.

The DCCC and its agents are undermining Schneider’s true grassroots candidacy which would represent - fairly - all the people in FL-13.

She is eminently qualified, has proven her worth, ‘earned her stripes’ in 2004, has the best name-recognition, strong local support, is a life-long campaigner for progressive causes (..formerly known as Democratic causes..).

This Rahm Emanuel-sanctioned scheme denies FL-13 voters their right to freely determine their own primary-election matters.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I just received this e-mail from Joe Trippi

Fellow Democrats,

We have a chance to take our country back this November. We can undo some of the damage, reverse this disastrous course and hold people accountable.
But first we have to take the Democratic Party back from the power brokers and party bosses in Washington who have decided that they know what's best for you. Here in Florida's 13th Congressional District (FL-13), as in Democratic primaries across the country, Washington insiders are determined to take away your right to choose your party's nominee. They have already decided who is going to represent you in the election for Florida's 13th CD.

Some of us are fighting back and we need your help.

I'm working for Jan Schneider because she is the best person for Florida's 13th and she has the best chance to win in November. She's right on the issues we all care about. She's got the political savvy to get the job done for the people in her district.

I'm asking you to join me in the fight to take our party back from the beltway power brokers. They've made their decision. They're actually working against the best candidate Jan Schneider because they made political horse trading deals behind closed doors. That's not the Democratic party. That's not me. It's not you and it's not right. To do what's right to keep democracy alive in the Democratic Party is going to take money.

I'm asking you to help Jan Schneider keep the democratic process vibrant and alive by sending $100, $75, $50, $25 or whatever you can afford today by contributing online at:
Friends of Jan Schneider

In order to send a message to the backroom power brokers that WE THE PEOPLE own the Democratic Party and can choose our own nominee, we need to raise as much money as we can in the next three days, by the end of this quarter! Please help us take back our party. Send as much as you can as quickly as you can.

Thank You,
Joe Trippi

P.S. To help restore true democracy and fight corruption and/or cronyism in both major parties, please circulate this to all of your friends and acquaintances. To learn more about Jan Schneider, please visit: Thanks.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Much riding on Harris' next move

Posted on Tue, Mar. 14, 2006
by Stephen Majors

Political Notebook

TALLAHASSEE - U. S. Rep. Katherine Harris' "major announcement" this week concerning her candidacy for the U.S. Senate has everyone in the 13th Congressional District watching and waiting - again.

Last June, potential Republican candidates like Vern Buchanan and Tramm Hudson got the green light to run for Harris' seat once Harris said she was going to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson this fall. And for the first time in four years, possible Democratic candidates like Jan Schneider and Christine Jennings saw a chance at entering a race with no strong Republican incumbent.

But now with speculation over Harris raging about her connections to a defense contractor that pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme - the district is back in a holding pattern. Even before the revelations about MZM Inc., Harris had been struggling to raise money, had received initial opposition from top Republican officials and had faced double-digit deficits in numerous polls.

Current speculation in political circles is that Harris will do one of two things with her announcement: She will announce that she is dropping out of the Senate race, or she will proclaim that she's going full-steam ahead and injecting her own money into the campaign.

If it's the former, Harris may not find other Republicans willing to step aside in the congressional district, as they have in previous elections.

Tommy Hopper, Vern Buchanan's campaign manager, said that if Harris had decided to run again for Congress two or three weeks ago, he would have advised Buchanan to pull out.

"I'm not sure that's true anymore," Hopper said. "The last week or two has been really bizarre."

With Harris'image problems and fundraising struggles, there's a considerable chance that Buchanan, who has raised more than $1 million, would stay in the race, Hopper said.

If Harris runs again for the congressional seat and Buchanan stays in, Hopper said he would tell his candidate to be ready for a rough, negative contest.

"She will be relentless," Hopper said.

Regardless of whether Harris runs for the Senate or runs for the House, ethics will be a big campaign issue in the district.

Hopper said there is no question that ethics will be one of the top three or four issues. Buchanan and Hudson have talked in most of their campaign appearances about ethics problems in Washington in the fallout of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

Jennings last week proposed ethics reform legislation calling for increased disclosure of the contacts between lobbyists and legislators, and for waiting periods before former lawmakers can enter the lobbying business and influence their former colleagues.

Jennings campaign has ramped up the ethics talk in light of Harris' troubles, saying that Harris has embarrassed the district. Harris received $50,000 from MZM for her 2004 election, and later donated the money to charity once she found out the contributions were illegal. But MZM has since become enveloped in the bigger scandal of bribing Rep. Randy Cunningham of California, and has had further ties with Harris.

"The Republicans aren't moving on any change," said Sean Bertram, Jennings' campaign manager.

"Locally we're talking about a receiver of illegal campaign contributions," Bertram said. "Locally ethics is an issue that continues to be talked about."

But as Alex Burgos, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, pointed out, Jennings and Schneider aren't running against Harris. They're running against candidates who would also be newcomers to the district and to the culture of Washington.

Unless, of course, the unexpected event that everyone is contemplating happens, and Harris is once again a congressional candidate.

Stephen Majors, Tallahassee reporter for The Herald covering state politics, can be reached at

Monday, March 13, 2006

Mike LaFevers - Dubai Ports Part of Larger Bush Disconnect

FL-13: Dubai Ports Part of Larger Bush Disconnect
by BigDog, Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:51:31 PM EST

It isn't often that I find a candidates release worth providing as a whole. In this case, I think Mike LaFevers, a grassroots candidate in FL-13, has authored a great piece on The Dubai Ports Scandal and tied it into something much larger.

Mike is a tough cookie facing a life-threatening illness and still fighting strong for his seat. He faces two better funded opponents but neither seem to have clicked with the people, or so I'm told...I'm not in the District.

I do know that the 'leader' in the Primary was testy at an AFL-CIO interview when pressed on some issues and that's never a good sign in a candidate.

When he sent me this release I thought this was a dead on analysis of the situation.

Dubai Ports:Bush and His Continuing Public DisconnectOn this issue, President Bush, Michael Chertoff, CFIUS and the Spin Teams at the White House should have surrendered immediately to a genuine swelling of public opinion. All of this should have been done quietly, and with genuine humility by a group who knows they have taken a huge misstep and betrayed the public trust. But a genuine disconnect exists in the Bush Administration's view of the world, one that has grown so great not a single member of his staff was able to for see the impending, and inevitable, back lash.

Sadly, the entire brain trust at the White House has been drained, (every pun intended), and they are bound to miss the even bigger issue simmering in the church halls, diners and bars across the land. This issue is the growing lack of trust in this man we call our President, Mr. Bush. Our President, the self-proclaimed Super Patriot that he is, has paid no attention to our needs and when it comes to this issue or any issue he continues to remain lost in the forest of self-deception.

In this time of national insecurity President Bush fails to understand our nation's need for comfort. In this time of national challenge, his inattention to our needs for comfort and security fails to calm an already frightened country whose minds are filled with images of an enemy he himself has created and placed into our minds. In this time of great national debt, President Bush in his eagerness to promote Global Markets appears as if his desires are to sell America to the highest bidder!

Just once the people of America would like to know President Bush through a set of honest actions, not words that are censored through the press, the press corps or a hired hit list of propagandist paid with tax dollars to prop up his image and those of his programs.

As a nation we long for a President that is willing inspire hope; create a clear vision for all Americans and is capable of claiming his Presidency in word, deed and with a clear conscience. We want to know he is on our side; the side of all Americans.

I say that Dubai Ports is merely a symptom, one of many, which ails this Administrations failed policies. While it may have been stopped, each has added much of the fuel that fires the many increasingly divisive issues that have influenced our national political process and keeps Congress from progressing on important Domestic Issues.

We have created a great polarization about the way we address important issues facing our nation and if we don't stick Congressional Members feet into the fire nothing is going to change. And, change we must. Change is only the process which will cure what ails our government, our elected officials and stop the disease that has become pandemic; politics as usual, all of this in the land we call Washington.

Change or more of the same; those are our choices.I'm for Change and that's why I'm a Candidate in Florida -13.

Christine Jennings, Claude Pepper and Jan Schneider

Get a clue...

There is no way that Jan Schneider can win the 13th District Congressional race. If she can't win against Katherine Harris, who generated at least a 20% backlash vote for certifying the results of the 2000 presidential election, she will be obliterated by Vern Buchanan, who is the likely Republican candidate. Schneider ostensibly is a well-educated woman who should be a policy wonk in someone else's administration. I have seen for myself that she does not have the campaign skills to get elected. She practically disappears in a crowd. At Democratic campaign events in 2004 she was a virtual wallflower while her supporters worked the crowd. She does not present well in debates or on television. At recent events she has seemed almost manic comparing herself to Claude Pepper. And on policy, her positions are too liberal to appeal to a traditionally conservative, but moving toward moderate, constituency. Anyone who can take a hard, objective look at her candidacy can easily see that she doesnEt have a chance in the general election. What she does have a chance of doing, however, is spoiling the primary for the one viable candidate for the 13th seat for the Democrats - Christine Jennings. Here is a true fiscal conservative with traditional Democratic values. Stop whining about a candidate who could never get elected and support one who can!

by Realitychick on Feb 4th, 2006


[re: Get a clue]

Your perspective is valid.
But it is far from being the only valid one.

The upcoming FL-13 Democratic Primary ought to be about the issues (period). By this I mean, substance - not form.

As I write this... my mind happens to jump to Eleanor Roosevelt. My gut feeling is that (in those days), based on the sound of her voice and way she spoke, Eleanor, early-on, wouldn't have been able to run successfully for dog catcher.

But most of the civilized world accords her the highest admiration for her unique and (veritably) homeric successes on behalf of human rights and human freedom. I think that few among us would take issue with my statement that, because of Eleanor, our World is far better-off. Again, because of her substance.

It was the substance of her mind, with its bedrock selfless values, perspectives, hopes, visions and dreams for all those who are truly disadvantaged... everywhere and always, that kept her firmly on the moral high-ground.

That said, Jan Schneider has a deeply passionate, equally clear, selfless and poignant agenda. A life-long Democrat, for sure! But she is clearly neither a "Party Animal" nor would she aspire to become one.

A bit more on Jan:

Jan Schneider (FL-13) - (Katherine Harris 2004 opponent) is a straight- shooting Yale-educated lawyer with a Ph.D. in political science from Yale. Schneider has three decades of experience as a practicing lawyer, educator and author. She also has a 30-year history of fighting for public interest causes, particularly in the areas of environmental protection, women's rights, the arts and public housing. Among other things, Schneider is the author of two books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, and she currently provides pro bono legal services to residents of Sarasota public housing projects.

Jan has (by far) the best name recognition, qualifications and strength on the issues. In 2004 Jan's grassroots campaign held incumbent Congresswoman Katherine Harris to the smallest margin in any Congressional race in Florida. Despite being outspent by millions of dollars, we captured 45% of the vote -- in the midst of a Republican landslide and in a district with an overwhelming Republican majority (52% Republican to 32% Democratic to 16% other registration). In 2006, the only way a Democrat can win here is on the issues - and we must take back our distict and country in 2006.

Thanks for reading this,