Good Times (and bad) for Jim Davis by Mitch E. Perry

02/23/06

According to a new poll, Attorney General Charlie Christ holds a 9 point lead over Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher in a race for the Republican nomination for governor, while Tampa area Congressman Jim Davis holds a better than 2-1 advantage over State Senator Rod Smith among Democratic voters.

Among Republican voters in the Quinnipiac Poll, Christ leads Gallagher 40 to 31 percent, with more than a quarter of respondents undecided…

Quinnipiac found the GOP Candidates statistically tied 3 months ago, but pollster Clay Richards says support is building for the Attorney General (roll tape#1 o.q.�pattern is emerging there�)

.David leads Smith 29 percent to 13 percent–…Pollster Clay Richards says neither candidate has a noticeable degree of name recognition outside of their home districts (roll tape#2 o.q.�last november

The poll shows Christ ahead of Davis in a mock matchup, 40 to 36 percent.

Meanwhile Congressman Jim Davis is apologizing for remarks made in Tallahassee yesterday, comparing life in the state capital to the Cuban capital of Havana, where he visited in 2003.

The Democratic Gubernatorial candidate made the comment yesterday (roll tape#1 o.q.� these are not our values�)

But by last night, The Davis campaign was aware that his comment was receiving negative attention.

In a press release issued out , Davis said, “ I would never and have never compared any of our democratically elected leaders to Fidel Castro. But let me be clear. There is a climate of intimidation in Tallahassee. That's not good for democracy. That not good for Florida's families. And that's no way to run state government.

People are afraid to speak up and say what they think. That is wrong. I’m running for Governor to bring sunshine to the state and open state government to all Floridians.

The negative news tarnished some of the best news in the Congressman’s Campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor…..In addition to the Quinipiac Poll, a poll done by Strategic Vision shows Davis leading Smith 38 to 20 percent…..Congressman Davis did not return a call by WMNF today for comment.

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