Busansky in trouble? by Mitch E.Perry09/13/06
The St. Petersburg Times reported online today that the Gus Bilirakis Congressional campaign is boasting about a poll taken by the Tarrance Group showing that Bilirakis has a 28-point lead over Democrat Phyllis Busansky Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ The results are somewhat stunning, since some analysts had been considering the 9th Congressional seat Democrats might be able to steal, with longtime Congressman Mike Bilirakis retiring after 2 decades.
But the name recognition factor appears to be working for Gus..The Times reports that among those voters who Ã¢â‚¬Å“know bothÃ¢â‚¬? candidates, Gus Bilirakis captures fifty-one percent (51%) of the vote and leads Busansky by fully seventeen points.
At a news conference at the Port of Tampa today with Democrats Bob Graham and Kathy Castor, WMNF asked Busansky about the new poll (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be helping us anymoreÃ¢â‚¬?)
Despite the brave words, the new poll also says that Busansky is largely unknown to voters in the district, with a name awareness level of only twenty-four percent (24%.) Even in Hillsborough County, her home county, seven in ten voters have never even heard of herÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..Busansky was asked how she counters the mega bucks that the Republicans are throwing at her in the 9th District raceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦With President Bush hosting a fundraiser for the Tarpon Springs Republican next weekÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s after Dick Cheney did an earlier appearance for BilirakisÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Busansky says sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unfazed (roll tape#2 o.qÃ¢â‚¬?I believe theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make the right oneÃ¢â‚¬?)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Democratic Congressional candidate Phyllis BusanskyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦President Bush does come to Tampa next week to raise money for her opponent, Gus Bilirakis.