Open Thread: Andrew Gillum, Looking Better and Better

From the Washington Post, “‘The Obama excitement’”:

ORLANDO — Salandra Benton used to campaign so hard for Barack Obama that her feet would swell as she walked through nightclubs, hair salons, apartment buildings and church parking lots telling people they had to vote.

After Obama won Florida in 2008 and 2012, Benton hoped to step back from door-to-door campaigning. But then Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum shocked Florida last month by winning the Democratic nomination for governor, with the potential of becoming the state’s first African American chief executive.

Now, Benton has been drawn back into Florida’s political street fight on behalf of Gillum, who faces former congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee, in the Nov. 6 election.

“I think this is even bigger than Obama, because this is even closer to home,” said Benton, 54, a union organizer who is African American. “The Obama excitement was, ‘We are finally going to get a black president.’ But now this is Florida’s son, in a state we feel black men have been attacked and not protected, so we are waking back up.”…

Gillum also is hoping he can do better among white voters than Obama did in 2012, when he carried 37 percent of the white vote, according to exit polls. The school shooting last year in Parkland, Fla., and concern about the ongoing “red tide” fish kill on the state’s western beaches may be loosening Florida Republicans’ hold on white voters, Democrats say.

“There is a swing-vote population, largely suburban white women in Tampa and Orlando, and I absolutely believe Gillum can do well with those voters,” said Steve Schale, a Florida political strategist who ran Obama’s state effort here in 2012…

Even before Gillum’s primary win, Florida activists said the state’s black community was more energized than in previous midterm elections, because of a host of local and national issues, including Trump’s battle with National Football League players as well as the state’s controversial “stand your ground” gun law.

“I think people are more aware of how much these races have consequences, and they are not going to deal with those consequences,” said Lydia Hudson, a Tampa resident and head of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, which claims it helped to double black turnout for Gillum during the primary compared with past off-year primary elections.

In the general election, activists say, African American turnout could be further boosted by a measure on the Florida ballot that would restore voting rights for some felons, something activists and church leaders have been aggressively campaigning for since the start of the year…

I think we can be sure the GOP will give these voters every possible reminder of how much is at stake.

Don’t think we have a dedicated ActBlue widget for Gillum yet, but here’s his campaign website.

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    NotMax says:

    Memo to brain: Please stop misreading his name as Gollum.

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    Sometimes, in my darker moments, I think we might actually make some big wins in November.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @NotMax: Call him Smeagol?

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    oatler. says:

    Quo vadis, Floriduh?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @oatler.: Straight to jail after trying to drive the quarter horsey ride in front of the Walmart drunk while wearing only a thong and Mexican carrying a Dessert Eagle in order to buy coke from a high school honor student who has been posing online as a 30 something year old cartel member.

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    You can call me Ray. Or you can call me Jay.…”


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    NotMax says:

    @Adam L. Silverman

    Otherwise known as a Tuesday.

    Toss in an alligator and a sinkhole for the hat trick.


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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NotMax: That’s Thursday.

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    TS (the original) says:

    I will always remember seeing the 7 hour queues in Florida – people at midnight still waiting to vote for President Obama – I cannot imagine doing that for anyone (well maybe for President Obama) – it also highlighted the lengths the GOP will go to suppress the democrat vote.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TS (the original): Democrat? Really?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

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    Redshift says:

    I’m shocked, shocked to find out that a very Trumpy state candidate turns out to be an unsubtle racist and associate with lots of other unsubtle racists.

    Of course, our Trumpy Senate candidate here in Virginia was an out-and-proud racist (who of course denies he is) even before he won the primary. Different flavors of schadenfreude, I guess…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NotMax: As I was saying!

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    Uncle Omar says:

    These people must belong to the RepubliKlan wing of the GOP. Or perhaps they’re stalking horses for the RepubliCrook wing. But, it matters not because the GOP is a Big Tent with plenty of room for both RepubliKlans, RepubliCrooks, and whatever other RepubliClowns show up for the show.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: not being a US citizen I sometimes get things wrong – at the minute that is not my major concern – trump and Putin wiping out democracy is my concern.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Anger seems like too much work in this context. I find the aesthetic shortcomings of naked bodies merely depressing.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: It is not against the law to wander around outside on your property in Florida naked. As long as you are not pleasuring yourself or having sex with anyone or anything (it’s Florida…), you can mow the lawn, sunbathe, trim the shrubbery, clean the gutters, wash and wax the car, paint the house, bbq, etc.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Reading Masha Gessen’s book about Putin on the plane ride today. He grew up in the USSR in the 1950s where the family had a TV and a telephone; almost unheard of back then unless you were connected to the KGB. Putin even had a car in college, while virtually none of his classmates did. Definitely an elitist, that Volodya.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Here we see rare footage of the Chilean 1st Special Brigade Cuteness Team/1st Canine Division (1SBCT/1CD).

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Amir Khalid: Our close friends in Land O Lakes, Florida claim that their town has the largest nudist colony in the world.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    trim the shrubbery …

    Which shrubbery?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike in NC: Did she say if he signed the letter of support for Kavanaugh?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike in NC: Don’t know if it is the largest, but it is large. I grew up about 15 miles south of there.

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    Mike J says:

    @Mike in NC: More likely a colony of the largest nudists.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: Also, straighten up the verge.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike J: Depends if they’re coming from Lutz or Wesley Chapel.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Did you ever get my message on Against Stupidity?

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    jl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Pix? Trust but verify, you know.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @jl: Isn’t me. I wear appropriate attire and safety gear at all times.

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: I’m sorry young man, this is ‘Merica; we’re Pro-stupidity.

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    Mary G says:

    Thread (keep going after this first one, it’s a bit misleading):

    I have known men of great character from Georgetown Prep. My son is named after one, another is my daughter’s Godfather. I would trust those men with my life. 1/


    — casey mooney (@casey_connects) September 20, 2018

    (Disclosure, I took out a bunch of members of the Judiciary Committee that she hashtagged at the end, to stay out of moderation.)

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman: But…but some of these things naked? Sunbathing OK, I can understand that, but…grilling? Mowing the lawn? Ahh…no. No, I’d think you’d wanted to keep both feet and dangly bits covered up for some types of endeavors.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Ear protection too!

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    @Adam L Silverman: Ah, yes. Ear protection is very important.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Miss Bianca: One would think.

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    @Adam L Silverman: From your posts about your fine state, it seems that many of the residents don’t in fact, think.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    It is not against the law to wander around outside on your property in Florida naked… you can mow the lawn…

    And here I’m too cautious to mow the lawn without putting on sturdy shoes, for fear of accidentally running over my toes.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Anne Laurie: Imagine sticking to the vinyl seat on a riding mower…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Florida is a lot like this Rorschach quote from Watchmen:

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    Ruckus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    It isn’t just sticking to the seat, it’s what is sticking to the seat.
    But I’d bet that’s what you meant.

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    Bruce Luett says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Damn it all with our restrictive penal penis pleasuring laws

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    Bruce Luett says:

    crap I’m in jail for mentioning something that rhymes with Venus.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I am so glad my nudist-leaning (Rockefeller Republican nudist atheist, yes I know, hard to believe!) Dad did not know that while living winters in Osprey!!!

    He just wore a thong, out at the pool, which was at the foot of their steps… I fear he would have been all over it…!

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