Davis produces witness in voting controversy by Mitch E. Perry11/02/06
Two new polls released today show Charlie Crist continuing to hold onto to a solid lead over Jim Davis, 5 days before next TuesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election.
A Mason Dixon Poll shows Crist up, 50 to 43 percent, with 7 percent undecided or supporting a 3rd party candidate. While a Strategic Visions poll has Christ up 50 to 44 percent, with Reform Party candidate Max Linn at 1%. Those numbers are not looking good for The Tampa Democrat, who participated in early voting in Tampa.
Meanwhile Davis continued to deny the report that surfaced last night that he had failed to vote in the 2000 election. Davis last night blasted Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson for producing a false record, a record Davis said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“that was released by a Bush appointee.Ã¢â‚¬?
Johnson told the Tampa Tribune that he strongly resenting the insinuation of any political motive.
TO emphasis that he did in fact vote, a Davis Islands woman told reporters today that she knows Davis voted in 2000, because she saw him waiting in the same line as her.
Susan Fox is a Tampa based attorney, and a member of the WMNF board (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?he went in to voteÃ¢â‚¬?) When asked how she ended up appearing with Davis at his press availability as he voted, Fox said she contacting the Davis team after reading reports in both daily newspapers that he hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t voted in 2000 (roll tape#2o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I didÃ¢â‚¬?)
Davis told reporters after Fox spoke, "I think this lays to rest what was an unfortunate misunderstanding." However, the St. Petersburg Times reported on their website this afternoon that State elections records indicate that as early as August 2004 that Davis may not have cast a vote in the 2000 presidential election. They report this as being relevant to charges that the voting record may have recently been altered to make Davis look bad before this election day.
Also today, the Davis campaign, who is being badly outspent by Charlie Crist,announced a new 30 second television ad called Ã¢â‚¬Å“5 MillionÃ¢â‚¬?, a reference to the amount that Davis says Crist has received from the insuranc industry (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?record profits for usÃ¢â‚¬?)
That ad, paid for by the Florida Democratic Party, is airing throughout the state beginning today.