Tonight’s fundraiser for Democrat Nikki Fried’s gubernatorial campaign isn’t for the common voter. The reception takes place in an atypical City of Plantation neighborhood. The Hawks Landing gated community is surrounded by high concrete walls and metal gates. The neighborhood is patrolled by private security guards.
The fundraiser is hosted by local lobbyists, vendors and lawyers already working for her campaign. If you want to join the host committee you will have to pony up $3,000 for the honor. A ticket to the event is only $500 bucks. Just a bit overpriced for an evening of watered down drinks, lukewarm sushi and legalized marijuana chit chat, no?
Nikki Fried is running against Charlie Crist for the Democrat nomination. The winner takes on the very popular Governor Ron DeSantis in November 2022.
The Standing Up For Florida political committee wants early voters in Broward to “think before you ink.” While volunteers for the brand new political committee were greatly outnumbered by campaign workers for Democrat candidates in the US Congress CD 20 race, Standing Up For Florida has $10 million dollars in the bank.
State elections records show Standing Up For Florida was formed last month. The committee is based in Tallahassee, but its chairman, Rick Asnani of Cornerstone Solutions, is based in Palm Beach. Asnani is no stranger to Broward politics.
In 2013, REDBROWARD reported on Asnani’s role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Services Council.
Just days after their formation, Standing Up For Florida picked up a $10 million dollar contribution from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
A handout from a “Think Before You Ink” volunteer urges Florida voters to reject two measures on the November 2022 ballot “that could change our constitution forever to allow out of control gambling in our state.” The handout claims out of state gambling companies would profit from these ballot measures.
Think Before You Ink warns Florida would turn into another Las Vegas which would “hurt Florida’s family-friendly image.”
The first day of early voting confirms residents in Broward and Palm Beach have little interest in the election to replace Alcee Hastings in the US Congress. The spending by numerous Democrat and Republican candidates seems to have little effect at the ballot box according to numbers just released by the Supervisor of Elections office. The official election day is November 2, 2021.
In Broward, Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott reports 12,411 mail in ballots received by his office. The number of Democrat mail in ballots is 10,933 while Republican voters returned 1,545 mail in ballots. Scott reports just 243 votes were cast Saturday at early voting locations across Broward.
The numbers were even worse in Palm Beach. Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link reports the receipt of just 7,177 mail in ballots. Democrats cast 5,541 votes while 1,541 Republicans returned mail in ballots.
A shocking 71 votes were cast at early voting in Palm Beach.