Democrats Fail to Recruit

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 13, 2012 --

Two Republicans will square off in Senate District 22 in south Pinellas County. Obama won the district in 2008, yet Democrats failed to even field a candidate. Strategists say a mistake was made.

“Should the Democrats have had a candidate in that seat? Absolutely,” Democratic consultant Screven Watson said.

Democrats also abandoned House district 83 on the east coast despite Obama winning the district as well.

What Democrats lack is a central, coordinated effort between the House, the Senate, and the party; and because of that, operatives on both sides of the aisle, say that Democrats are missing opportunities.

Republican Lawyer-Lobbyist Pete Dunbar counts eight races where Democrats missed the boat.

“What helps a party win is good candidate recruitment, and to drop the ball and not be engaged in recruitment in areas where you know demographically you have a chance to win, to me is a pretty big failure,” Dunbar said.

Democrats say they have less cash than Republicans, and they argue they are spending their money wisely, trying to chip away at a Republican supermajority before trying to build their own.

“It was really hard to encourage folks to expend time and money on a district that they were unsure of until late, and ultimately, unsure if it will even be the district the next time they run,” Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said.

In the end, 28 House members face no opposition, and ten Senators go unchallenged or face only token opponents.

Ironically, while Democrats left some winnable seats unchallenged, they did file challengers in some districts with powerful incumbents and a sizable majority of voters, all in an effort to get the incumbent to spend a lot of money.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    just wait till the republicans get in office then you peasents will shut up, your taxes will be raised , you will loose your retirements and 401 K's and all public assistance will be given back to the wealthy!!! and a white man will be in office!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    ....maybe if Obama would have kept just one campaign promise.....
    • reply
      by Truth on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to
      Like the one to clap W and Cheney in irons for treason?
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 08:33 AM in reply to Truth
        yeah that would be great but in doing so Obama and biden would implicate themselves so it'll never happen
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    Democrats are failures anyways. And who would want to be associated with the guy in the WH. That would mean you would lose anyways.
  • by just goes to show you on Jun 14, 2012 at 03:59 AM
    that with a moron like Obama as their leader they are walking around in circles, just like he is. Vote them all out of office in November. Let's clean house and start all over.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 06:15 AM in reply to just goes to show you
      Start all over, with you Republicans it's always start over, but for what. If your in the middle class, your kidding yourself, if your in the 1%, your plan is to ruin the country, and replace it with a tyrant.
      • reply
        by Denise on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to
        There's a tyrant in the WH now. Forced healthcare, ,backroom signings to change the laws and amend the Constitution,trillions in give aways to corperations and other nations trying make friends. We, our children and grandchildren will forever be paying for the incompetency of the Democraps.
  • by USF 83 Location: Democratic Hq Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2012 at 03:08 AM
    10 years of petty squabbling, infighting, and strong Republican spending has decimated the Democratic Party within the State of Florida. You can look to the last election when a popular Florida politician, Alex Sink, was running. Her election was so mismanaged by the Democrats, that a new comer, unknown to many people a year before, won the election. The Democratic Party in Florida is a joke, a sad joke, when they end their bickering, when will they begin to think and act for the people of Florida.
  • by Docker Location: Wakulla on Jun 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
    More evidence of the fact that democrat officials are incompetent.
    • reply
      by truth on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:50 AM in reply to Docker
      but not as incompetant as the republican tea party puppets!!!
      • reply
        by anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to truth
        truth, Why do I have this feeling that the majority of your time is spent posting on your State computer instead of working.
  • by Frank on Jun 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    OK. Democrats fail to recruit. So what!
  • by aaa Location: leon on Jun 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    Democrats Fail.....whats new
  • by Demo-Fail Location: USA on Jun 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    I blame Bush.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:29 AM in reply to Demo-Fail
      I blame Scott so there! hahahaha
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