Down in the polls, Dan Gelber makes best case by highlighting newspaper endorsements in new ad (video)

CL chatted with Gelber briefly at a campaign event that Democrats held in East Tampa Saturday afternoon to prompt people to early vote. We asked him about a round of political mailers and newspaper ads, targeting Jewish voters in South Florida that criticized Gelber for his criticism of the state's school voucher program.

Issued by a group called the Committee for Florida's Education, Inc.,  the mailer was sent to homes in reportedly heavily Jewish neighborhoods in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

"I think it's pretty disgusting, but not untypical of this campaign season," he said while walking with a large group of Democratic voters to an early voting site in College Hill.  "It's a pretty unscrupulous way to advance your position," he said of the attack.

"But it's an election, so I figure it's a bit of a contact sport, So if you can't take a hit, you probably shouldn't be in the business."

A spokeswoman for Pam Bondi,  Sandi Copes, said Bondi “had absolutely no knowledge of this flyer.”

Also today the Latino Officers Association Florida Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of Bondi,  commending her for" making public safety issues a cornerstone of her campaign for Attorney General and said her nearly 20 years of experience as a career prosecutor was a deciding factor in the endorsement decision."

It's our contention that while it's great to get a newspaper's endorsement, it's not the be all and end all in any particular political race.

Alex Sink has dominated the endorsement battle leading up to next week's gubernatorial election, yet, depending on what poll you're looking at, the race appears to be dead even with just a week to go.

In their debate on October 20, Sink made that point, saying that she has been deemed the better candidate by all of the top papers in the state, while Rick Scott won't even meet with the editorial boards!  The outrage!

Scott adroitly mentioned that he was too busy meeting with the people of Florida, and didn't have time to attend such encounters with the press.  It's the same strategy that worked well for the GOP candidate in his primary race against Bill McCollum (well, that and $40 million spent in that race).

However, there's no question that such endorsements (or recommendations, in the case of the St. Pete Times) can help a confused or too busy of a voter who's looking for some guidance.

Which is why Democratic Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber, who has won most (but not all) of the endorsements from the leading newspapers across the state, is now triumphing that fact in his just released ad.  See below:

The ad is being released as the most latest poll between Gelber and his GOP opponent Pam Bondi, does not bode well for the Miami Beach Democrat.

The St. Pete Times/Orlando News 13 survey has Bondi up 8%, 44%-36%.


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