Thursday, December 04, 2003
Florida Democratic Convention is this weekend http://images.deanforamerica.com/docs/flconventionrally.pdf
This convention is our only chance to show support for Gov Dean before the votes are cast. It's imperative that my fellow Floridians get out there and make some noise and have a big presense on the ground so that we can prove to the Florida Democratic establishment that Dean is the candidate with the momentum in the Sunshine State. Many of the other contenders are running hard in Florida (particularly Lieberman and Clark), but I know we can win if we do our thing.
There's also a perception that Florida's gone totally conservative, but I don't think that's accurate. I spent a month there back in May, and I traversed the entire state from the panhandle to the Keys, and I only saw one Jeb! bumper sticker. Everyone I met - from waitstaff at restaraunts to cashiers in checkout lines - was a Democrat who was very upset with George W Bush. And believe me, I talked to a *lot* of people. Floridians still haven't gotten over the sting of Selection 2000, and they are going to play a huge role next November.
I think that right now we are in a good position to show our strength. With the recent addition of Gwen
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