Friday, October 20, 2006

Charlie Crist getting the black vote, Dems unhappy.

Politics: As you know black folks are only supposed to vote for democrats. Hell if the Dems put a box with a D painted on it and you are black... You are still supposed to vote for it.

There's no doubt that Democrat Jim Davis will win the majority of the black vote -- about 90 percent of black voters in Florida tend to back Democrats -- but Crist isn't ceding the vote, continuing to visit black communities to build support. And just as hard as Crist is trying to make inroads among the voting block that most overwhelming supports Democrats, Davis and running mate Daryl Jones, who would become the state's first black lieutenant governor, are trying hard not to lose any ground among black voters. .....Civil rights issues may have been a major factor in how blacks voted 30 years ago, but the issue isn't as much a factor today unless there's a major point to rally around, said Terri Fine, a University of Central Florida political science professor. "I'm just not sure that there are any issues of particular interest or concern in this race that would mobilize blacks," she said. There was motivation against Gov. Jeb Bush, who replaced racial preferences in university admissions and awarding state contracts with other ideas. The decision led to a massive march on the Capitol, and Bush received only about 6 percent of the black vote during his 2002 re-election. Crist has shown during the campaign that he and Bush don't always think alike and that's helped him, said Fine. "Crist has made some inroads, but I think the inroads are not necessarily racially motivated," she said. "I think it's his independence from Jeb Bush; I think it's his success as attorney general." Davis and Crist have both campaigned in black communities, going to churches, restaurants and other gathering places. But James Harris, who has previously helped Democratic candidates with black voter outreach, has been impressed that Crist is still making regular trips to black communities at a time when most Republicans would focus on motivating their core supporters. "To continue to go out and make an effort in the African-American community, which is not part of their base, to me speaks volumes of what this man plans to do," said Harris, who is black. Harris has worked with Sen. Bill Nelson, former Sen. Bob Graham and other Democrats. "The black community is going to have an opportunity to sit down with him and talk to him about what some of their issues are and expect to see some tangible efforts and some results." There are signs that Crist's efforts are paying off. In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 20 percent of black respondents said they favor Crist over Davis, who was preferred by 67 percent.
Dems can't believe this number, black people are our voters!!!!
Richardson scoffed at the numbers, saying there was "absolutely no way" black voters will turn their backs on Davis. "When it's all said and done, 90 to 95 percent of the African-American vote will go with the Davis/Jones ticket," Richardson predicted. Monica Reed, a 54-year-old social worker, won't be among them. She was a lifelong Democrat until last year, and this past week she wore a Crist sticker as she waited for the Republican to arrive at Paul's Homestyle Cookin' in Jacksonville. "To me my vote is not personal, it's business and what's best for me and what's best for the people I take care of," Reed said. So why did she vote for Democrats for so long? "That's how we grew up. We didn't know any better," she said. "We didn't think."
Monica gets it! Thats how you become a sought-after and more viable power base which is make yourself vote for either party or person who most fits your values and talks about the issues that make you comfortable. Bravo Monica.

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