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Broward “Awake The State” Rally Is A Snoozefest


The fine grassroots folks behind “Awake The State” targeted November 1 as a day for statewide rallies proving that Floridians were mad as hell. Who is “Awake The State”? Their website claims:

“Awake The State is an organic, grassroots movement of everyday Floridians fighting to reject devastating budget cuts, stop the assault on middle class families, and invest in Floridians again. We’re rallying November 1st to mobilize Florida’s middle class: to fight Rick Scott’s extremist anti-middle class agenda, stop his puppets in the Legislature, and return middle class values and priorities to our government in 2012.”

Organic? More like AstroTurf. Awake the State was cooked up by a young Democrat operative for a Broward County commissioner. Their first rallies, dominated by Democrats and union types, were blatant attempts to demonize Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The Broward rally was moved to Plantation due to flooding at the original location. RED BROWARD was ready to report thousands of moms and kids marching in the streets, businessmen waving jazz hands and chanting about direct democracy. We even expected hippies using police cars as toilets.

So what did we find? About 20 of the usual Democrat types. Plenty of union representation including Maggie Zalamea of the Broward Teachers Union. Other political operatives were in attendance like Terry Scott of Deerfield Beach fame.

Most surprising was the “moderate”, “centrist” and “CPA-like” Patrick Murphy. Mr. Murphy is Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out Of Touch) choice to battle Congressman Allen West(R-Plantation). Perhaps Team Debbie is reading the polls showing the Democrats have lost the middle and they’re sending Murphy to build his leftist credentials.

Last week, Murphy sent out emails praising the “progressive” values of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Perhaps they would love his “capitalist” idea of selling tea party inspired mugs.

Mitch and the gang cannot be happy with the lack of attendance at this rally. Other rallies across the state were better attended. Could the Democrat bloom be off the Broward rose? Stay tuned…

Joe Kaufman Tops Poll To Unseat Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Newcomer DeFaria A Strong Second Place Finish


According to a very unscientific RED BROWARD poll, Joe Kaufman is the clear favorite in the GOP race to face Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out Of Touch). Mr. Kaufman garnered 48% (336 votes) of those who participated in the week-long poll. Newcomer Ozzie DeFaria had a strong showing with 24% of the votes. Wasserman Schultz’s 2010 opponent, Karen Harrington barely avoided a fourth place finish with just 16%; local activist Joe Goldner finished last with 13%.

Mr. Kaufman told RED BROWARD:

I am proud to have won this poll, the second straight Red Broward poll I have been featured in and won. I congratulate newcomer Ozzie Defaria for his second place showing.

The people have spoken, and I am very thankful to each and every one of them for casting their vote for me. They recognize, as many others do, that in order to beat a Wasserman it takes a Kaufman.

Over the course of the past 3 ½ months since I have been in this race, the campaign has grown significantly. More and more people are jumping on board every day. Our team has worked very hard to get to this point, and we will keep this momentum going until Election Day in November 2012, when we give Debbie her Pink Slip and send her packing!”

Ms. Harrington’s campaign has to be disappointed with her showing. As a former candidate she has higher name recognition than either  Mr. DeFaria or Mr. Goldner.  This poll caps off a bad month for Team Harrington;  Political insiders say election officials recently rejected thousands of her petitions. The Harrington campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

After little more than a month in the race, Mr. DeFaria must be pleased with the results of the poll.  A virtual unknown in local Republican circles, DeFaria used a pro-business message to leap into real contender status. More proof of DeFaria’s effectiveness: A anonymous smear campaign was recently launched against him.

The DeFaria campaign tells RED BROWARD:

We are pleased to see that Ozzie is being warmly received by the voters in the district, and he is enjoying every opportunity to meet them and share his vision for bringing vast experience in the private sector to Washington.

Mr. Goldner’s campaign utilized social media and Craigslist advertising to compile 13% (88 votes). Team Goldner must be running a virtual campaign, since actual appearances at local events have been non-existent. Mr. Goldner did not respond to a request for comment.