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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Between a rock and a hard place...

The Florida Times-Union is reporting this morning Linda Story, the losing Democrat in District 4, will be endorsing one of her Republican opponents, George Banks, over Don Redman for the run-off on May 15th. Election results show Ms. Story receiving 20.42% of the vote while her GOP opponents split the rest with George Banks getting 22.17%; Earl Johnson receiving 14.43%; and Don Redman leading the way with 43.28% of the vote. My immediate reaction upon reading this was disconcerting to say the least. As a former member of the DCDEC I still feel the sting of Suzanne "I never met a Wal-Mart I didn't like" Jenkins and her jump to the GOP after giving her hard earned DCDEC money to win re-election to her seat before she opted to jump. Then there is that picture of Banks with none other than Dick "5 deferments" Cheney that makes any sane Democrat have the expected knee jerk reaction: recoiling in horror. But considering her position as a resident of District 4 democrats can only applaud her choice once you consider the candidacy of Mr. Redman and what it means for that district. Flog, The Folio Weekly blog, does an excellent job explaining why Ms. Story's endorsement is critical to help deny Mr. Banks the opportunity to helpt the GOP continue to attempt to take us back to a pre-Roosevelt era just like the "good ol' days. That's Teddy Roosevelt, not FDR.

What interested me about the FTU story was the report that Mr. Banks sought out her endorsement instead of the other way around. I'm not sure how the voters for Mr. Johnson will go but here's hoping that all those that voted for Ms. Story follows her lead and lends their support to George Banks. As Flog points out, ignore the photo showing Banks with Cheney [God, I can't believe I said that] and hope Ms. Story's endorsement does the trick.