Overdue Report on July 10th CD10 Democratic Debate
The three Democratic candidates vying for the right to challenge Rep. Bill Young debated each other on July 10th.
After the debate, it became clear that the dynamics haven't really changed.
Samm Simpson is a fiery and passionate advocate, but hasn't shown the sort of political sophistication necessary to unseat an entrenched incumbent like Young. Her easy money economic ideas (no, we cannot just print more money) and thoughts on nutrition (eliminating aspertame?) are not going to win her much in the way of serious earned media. She needs to start raising serious money and get some policy advisors to work with her on the issues.
Max Linn was surprisingly strong - a good speaker and came across as a good candidate, though I was surprised by the anti-immigrant strain of thought running through his ideas. He still has a lot too prove - mainly whether he can turn his theoretical advantages into a strong, well-run and well-financed campaign.
Mayor Bob Hackworth neither overwhelmed nor slipped up. His ideas were very much in the mainstream of American thought (universal healthcare, reasonable path to citizenship for immigrants, alternative energy rather than drilling off Clearwater Beach, etc.)
Hackworth's money for the cycle - $55,504.78 was less than political observers might have hoped. I was looking for him to have raised at least $100k.
Linn only raised $7240 this last quarter, but still has the ability to self-finace.
Simpson's report for the most recent quarter is not yet online.