by Scott Creighton
We had a little primary election down here in sunny Florida yesterday. No, there were no hanging chads and no Bush campaign staff members pretending to be part of a protest. There will be no recount and as far as I know, Al Gore isn’t going to be bringing down the gavel on 50 or so members of the Black Caucus as they try to force one.
What was interesting though was a phone call I received around 6pm yesterday, an hour before the polls closed.
In the State Senate District 19 race, Augie Ribeiro was running against 3 other dems, mostly centrist dems, which means they are bought and paid for neoliberal neocon Business Firsters. Augie on the other hand supports unions, teachers and opposes free trade agreements. That’s about as much as I know about him and I don’t even really know that much. His commercials said it, so I take him at his word.
This is how the race ended up:
|State Senate – District 19 – Dem Primary|
|144 of 144 Precincts Reporting – 100%|
So the left-leaning Democrat in Florida didn’t win the race down here in Red State Florida. Go figure, right? What a shock that was.
I’ve been receiving a ton of robo-calls over the last two weeks. I don’t know why. Well, I guess I do. I’m a registered independent. Been so for a while. As Al Gore was hammering down the gavel on one Black Caucus member after another, I hammered down the peddle and went straight to the registrar’s office and changed my affiliation out of protest. Haven’t been back since.
Anyway, I’m sure that is why I get so many calls. In Florida we have an open primary and you can vote for who you want so independents like me are a hot commodity when it comes to campaign targeting. Everyone wants to know where the independent vote is going because I think we are a growing political party (of No Party Affiliation) and thus we are the unknown factor in these events.
A few days ago I get another call. In this one, the voice on the other end of the line says he’s Augie’s brother (or brother in law?) and wants to know if he has my support for the District 19 State Senate race.
At first I thought it was a recording so I thought I would trip it up and I asked a question: “Where does Augie stand on school privatizations?”
I figured that would trip the thing up and it would go into a loop or something but to my surprise the voice said without missing a beat, “oh he’s absolutely opposed to privatizing public schools and is supported by the teacher’s union” or something like that.
I was like “oh. you’re a real person. OK.” and he laughed. I told him, if he opposes privatization then Augie has my support and that was pretty much it. That was the entirety of the conversation.
Notice, I said he had my support, not my promise to go vote for him.
That wasn’t the unsettling phone call by the way.