Campaign 2006: The Florida Governor's Race

Two police organizations have banded together to question Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis’ commitment to public safety issues.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association and the Florida Association of State Troopers are endorsing Republican Charlie Crist. The organizations say the attorney general has a long track record of being tough on crime and supporting law enforcement.

Matt Puckett of the Florida Police Benevolent Association said, "Then you have Jim Davis, who at best has been a silent supporter and at worst has either been absent or against many public safety initiatives while in Congress."

Davis' campaign spokesman Davis has a great congressional record of supporting federal funding to put more police officers on the streets and making sure they have the equipment they need.

A new poll shows the governor's race in a dead heat. The Quinnipiac University survey has Democrat Jim Davis closing an 11 point gap with Republican Charlie Crist.

Statistics show before Davis began airing TV ads, 57 percent of likely voters did not know who he was or what he stood for. After the ads, only 23 percent.

"This is showing that the people of Florida are reacting to the Davis message," says State Rep. Loranne Ausley, (D) Tallahassee. "They're tired of property taxes, tired of the FCAT, not happy with the status quo."

Jeff Sadosky, Republican Party Communications Director, said, "The Republican Party and General Crist talk about a decade of achievement: strong economy, education, safer streets so we've got a record to run on.”

Once again, the general election is just two weeks from Tuesday and early voting is underway.


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