With the legislative session recently come to a close, Jacksonville’s Mayoral race has taken the spotlight and is garnering attention state-wide. The race hasn’t been without controversy – in February, candidate Mike Hogan came under fire for joking that it may cross mind to bomb an abortion clinic. Though the gaffe didn’t do much in the way of limiting Hogan’s supporters, his race against opponent Alvin Brown appears to be increasingly hard to call.
With the legislative session recently ended, Jacksonville’s Mayoral race has taken the spotlight and is garnering attention state-wide. #
The race hasn’t been without controversy – in February, candidate Mike Hogan came under fire for joking that “it may cross [his] mind” to bomb an abortion clinic. Hogan has also been harshly criticized for his failure to attend several campaign events and debates (a criticism that even led to the creation of a Twitter handle called @HoganEmptyChair.) And though the gaffes haven’t done much in the way of limiting Hogan’s supporters, his race against opponent Alvin Brown still appears to be increasingly tough to call. #
Hogan, a former Duval County tax collector, has friends in high places. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed Hogan during an hour-long teleconference on Monday night. State CFO Jeff Atwater was also scheduled to speak during the call, which attracted some 8,000 listeners. Jacksonville Republican Rep. Mike Weinstein (who has a reputation for interesting campaign tactics) also endorsed Hogan, and is rumored to be one of Hogan’s top picks for a spot in his administration. #
But Hogan isn’t the only one with heavy-hitters in his corner. Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union newspaper endorsed Brown as its choice for Mayor, saying he would be “the best choice to lead the city” in a piece published earlier today. Even former President Bill Clinton played a part in the election, endorsing Brown during a fundraising appearance in October. Clinton also recorded a robo-call for Brown, which went out to Jacksonville residents on Easter Sunday. #
Polls have indicated a tight race, and initial voter turnout has thus far been steady. #
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The Florida Democratic Party is demanding that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, resign from his role as vice chair for finance with the National Republican Congressional Committee. In a statement released Wednesday, the party says Buchanan should step aside in light of a recent court decision prompted by a Federal Election Commission lawsuit.