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 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 â€œknow bothâ€? 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.â€?couldnâ€™t be helping us anymoreâ€?)
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 herâ€¦..Busansky was asked how she counters the mega bucks that the Republicans are throwing at her in the 9th District raceâ€¦With President Bush hosting a fundraiser for the Tarpon Springs Republican next weekâ€¦.Thatâ€™s after Dick Cheney did an earlier appearance for Bilirakisâ€¦.Busansky says sheâ€™s unfazed (roll tape#2 o.qâ€?I believe theyâ€™ll make the right oneâ€?)
Thatâ€™s Democratic Congressional candidate Phyllis Busanskyâ€¦President Bush does come to Tampa next week to raise money for her opponent, Gus Bilirakis.