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Rep. Davis Won't Run For Governor
The Tampa Tribune ^ | September 8, 2001 | William March

Posted on 09/07/2001 5:32:54 AM PDT by Brandonmark

Rep. Davis Won't Run For Governor
By WILLIAM MARCH
wmarch@tampatrib.com
Published: Sep 8, 2001

Rep. Davis Won't Run For Governor

TAMPA - After months of deliberation, and at least partly in response to Janet Reno's entry into the race, U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa said Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002.

``The decision not to run is difficult. I have become increasingly distressed about the course Jeb Bush is setting for our state. ... I was sorely tempted,'' Davis said.

But, he said, ``I think I can best serve the people of Florida and my district by representing them in the United States Congress.''

Davis called family, supporters and a few reporters Thursday night to communicate his decision after spending much of the last month in Florida testing his support and much of this week making calls to potential backers.

But Thursday night, he didn't want to be specific about why he made the decision, after weighing his options since about the beginning of the year.

``It's a lot of things,'' he said. ``There is no single factor here. I have always tried to weigh this against the obligations I have as a congressman and my personal obligations to my family.''

``I have a wonderful job waiting for me in the morning,'' he said.

Davis' decision means the field of prominent candidates in the Democratic primary for governor is likely set at five - state Rep. Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach; state Sen. Daryl Jones of Miami; Tampa lawyer and civic activist Bill McBride; and former congressman and former ambassador to Vietnam Douglas ``Pete'' Peterson of Tallahassee.

The winner will take on Gov. Jeb Bush, who's running for re- election next year, in a race viewed nationwide as a key test for the governor's brother, President Bush, and an attempt by Democrats to exact revenge for what they regard as an improperly decided 2000 presidential election.

Davis had been considered a leading possibility for the race at least since shortly after the presidential election and recount.

The Democratic National Committee, in an unusual move into state politics, picked Davis in March to deliver a response to Jeb Bush's State of the State Address - giving him a platform to begin a battle against the Bush brothers.

But Democrats who had been worried about whether they would have a credible candidate against the popular governor soon found themselves with what some called an embarrassment of riches - announcements by Frankel and Jones, two of the party's leading state legislators; then by Peterson, with a John McCain-like record as a Vietnam prisoner of war; and finally, this week, by Reno, a former U.S. attorney general who has national celebrity status within the party.

Davis apparently felt himself being crowded out to some extent.

After saying for months he would make his decision regardless of other candidates, he acknowledged after Reno's Tuesday announcement that her presence in the race would make it ``more complicated'' and ``challenging'' to run the kind of campaign he wanted.

Thursday night, he would say only this: ``When I set the timing for my own decision, I had no idea what other people's timing was going to be.''

Davis, a friend of Reno's, said he hadn't made any assumption about whether she would enter the race.

He declined to cite family reasons as the crux of his decision. He and his wife have two sons, ages 11 and 9.

``My children are still young, but obviously I was seriously considering the race'' despite that, he said. Asked what his wife wanted him to do, he joked, ``Right now she wants me to help get the boys to bed on time.''

Davis, whose re-election to his House seat is virtually assured, has been under at least some pressure from the Democratic leadership in Congress to hang on to it. The Democrats could take the House majority by converting six GOP seats and holding their current seats.

And if he stays in Washington, Davis also is widely regarded among Tampa Bay Democrats as a prime candidate for the Senate seat held by Bob Graham when Graham retires.

Davis would say only he has had ``encouragement'' from colleagues to stay.

``I came to Washington to help balance the budget and pay down the debt. That is unraveling before our eyes, and that and other important issues are all I'm focusing on right now,'' he said.

Asked whether he favors anyone in the Democratic primary, he declined to say.

``I'm not going to get into that. I have every confidence that Floridians are ready for a change of leadership. There's a lot of great candidates out there and it's very early,'' he said.

Reporter William March can be reached at (813) 259-7761


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1 posted on 09/07/2001 5:32:54 AM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: PhiKapMom, summer
FYI
2 posted on 09/07/2001 5:34:51 AM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark
I hate to say this, but I suspect that Reno will be tough to beat. It really does come down to repairing the voting system and stopping the illegal overvotes. Until this happens, Florida can expect to have Reno as its governor. The liberals are mad, and will orchestrate a vote scheme that will rock Florida if it's not fixed.
3 posted on 09/07/2001 5:47:27 AM PDT by AlGone2001
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To: Brandonmark

It's gonna be a FREEPATHON!


4 posted on 09/07/2001 5:50:07 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: Brandonmark
Jim Davis has a lifetime ACU rating of 15! It is a good thing he did not run for governor. He replaced Sam Gibbons and is just as bad as the old liberal.
5 posted on 09/07/2001 6:13:43 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator
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To: Brandonmark
But, he said, ``I think I can best serve the people of Florida and my district by representing them in the United States Congress.''

Translation: There are enough Kool-Aid drinkers in my congressional district to keep re-electing me, but I'm not so sure there are enough in the entire state of Floriduh . . .

6 posted on 09/07/2001 6:14:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: AlGone2001
I hate to say this, but I suspect that Reno will be tough to beat. It really does come down to repairing the voting system and stopping the illegal overvotes. Until this happens, Florida can expect to have Reno as its governor. The liberals are mad, and will orchestrate a vote scheme that will rock Florida if it's not fixed.

Give it that she has the most name recognition of the Dems. There are positives that will probably outweigh the negatives:

1) She has the most baggage. The negative campaign against her will be like shooting the broad side of a barn.

2) She also will energize the republican base, with a vengence. She is umbilically tied to the Clintons. After all, she is a clintonista.

3) She lacks sex appeal, literally. Yes, woman will vote for her, but she lacks charisma. JEB on the other hand has some sex appeal and more charisma than El Reno.

4) President Bush can campaign for Jeb and raise a bigger war chest than Reno.

It will not be a slam dunk for JEB, but I believe he will prevail.

7 posted on 09/07/2001 6:30:35 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator
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To: VRW Conspirator
Living in Tampa, the prospect of a Davis run for Governor was disconcerting. He is very popular and would have made a formidable challenger. In my opinion Reno is doing our dirty work for us. Her prior national exposure as AG has given her and her followers a false sense security. She will always have a set of hard core loyalists regardless of how she presents herself. However, the swing voters will find themselves becoming increasingly repulsed as she is over exposed by the rigors of state wide campaigning.
8 posted on 09/07/2001 6:50:21 AM PDT by awgie2
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To: Brandonmark
After months of deliberation, and at least partly in response to Janet Reno's entry into the race, U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa said Thursday he will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002.

Two words: FBI FILES

9 posted on 09/07/2001 6:50:30 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing.

Even worse than being enemies with these people...is being their friends.

10 posted on 09/07/2001 7:18:36 AM PDT by Mercuria
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To: Brandonmark
I was hoping he would run so he would be replaced in Congress! After researching him to do the Tax Cuts, he needs to find another line of work! Talk about someone talking out of both sides of their mouth -- he is for the people but against tax cuts for the people! Guess he prefers Government handouts to giving the people back "their" money!

You need a new Congressman!!!!!!

11 posted on 09/07/2001 7:20:22 AM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: Lazamataz
FBI Files

I said essentially the same thing in an email this morning. Believe the clintons are clearing the way for a Reno run for Governor. Jeb is going to need all the help he can get from inside Florida and outside of Florida to combat this clinton campaign. Anyone that doesn't think the clintons are behind this better get their heads examined. You are right on with your analysis IMO!

12 posted on 09/07/2001 7:23:51 AM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: Brandonmark
wuss.
13 posted on 09/07/2001 7:34:47 AM PDT by b4its2late
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To: Brandonmark
VERY interesting! Thanks so much for the flag, Brandonmark. Best, summer :)
14 posted on 09/07/2001 7:37:53 AM PDT by summer
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To: Brandonmark
``The decision not to run is difficult. I have become increasingly distressed about the course Jeb Bush is setting for our state. ... I was sorely tempted,'' Davis said.

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And, the reason for his "distress" over all the wonderful things our fabulous FL gov has done is -- what?

Why is he so stressed out over a fab FL gov?

Could it be because: the fabulous FL gov's last name happens to be spelled: "B-u-s-h"?

WOW! Now, I'm all stressed out too -- that WAS a tough name to spell!!!!
15 posted on 09/07/2001 7:41:02 AM PDT by summer
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To: Brandonmark
One of Reno's Raiders?
16 posted on 09/07/2001 7:48:03 AM PDT by VoodooEconomist
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To: AlGone2001
I hate to say this, but I suspect that Reno will be tough to beat. It really does come down to repairing the voting system and stopping the illegal overvotes. Until this happens, Florida can expect to have Reno as its governor. The liberals are mad, and will orchestrate a vote scheme that will rock Florida if it's not fixed.

Well, if Florida voters are as dumb as Missouri voters, Reno will win by a landslide. The more she shakes, the more votes she'll get. Remember, today you win by exploiting people's emotions - not by challenging them to think.

17 posted on 09/07/2001 7:49:31 AM PDT by VoodooEconomist
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To: VRW Conspirator
NewsFlash! Touch Screen Technology to be used for the first time, in the Callahan Election on Sept. 4, 2001. Click here for more Details : iVotronic System Results from the Sept. 4th Election Are Available here. Callahan is a small town in Nassau County in northern Florida outside of Jacksonville. Look for this type of voting to go state wide. No chance for Voter Fraud here!!
18 posted on 09/07/2001 7:51:42 AM PDT by bigiron
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To: Brandonmark
Davis would say only he has had ``encouragement'' from colleagues to stay... ``I came to Washington to help balance the budget and pay down the debt...''

Brahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!

19 posted on 09/07/2001 7:59:02 AM PDT by goldenapplesofthesun
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To: summer
She is a folksy, down-to-earth Monster!
20 posted on 09/07/2001 8:04:12 AM PDT by goldenapplesofthesun
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To: VRW Conspirator
How's his district set up, maybe with redistricting and alll he can be beat.
21 posted on 09/07/2001 8:10:25 AM PDT by CPT Clay
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To: VRW Conspirator
1. blacks are angry. 2. Condo Communists on Gold coast will vote for her.
22 posted on 09/07/2001 8:12:29 AM PDT by CPT Clay
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To: VRW Conspirator
1. blacks are angry. 2. Condo Communists on Gold coast will vote for her.
23 posted on 09/07/2001 8:12:35 AM PDT by CPT Clay
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To: bigiron
...Touch Screen Technology to be used for the first time...No chance for Voter Fraud here ????

I hope you were being sarcastic. This is exactly what we SHOULD be afraid of as there is NO paper trail!!

24 posted on 09/07/2001 8:32:39 AM PDT by Rockinfreakapotamus (FIGHT LIKE A BRAVE !!!)
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To: All
Just a couple of points on the replys:

1)Be careful what you wish for!

2) Reno will be running strong in "butterfly ballot" counties.

3) Reno can command national media attention & fundraising capabilities with unions and other pro-democrat groups.

4) The Florida elections will be the primary focus of a campaign to de-legitimize the President.

5) Looks like Jim Davis has begun planning his run for the US Senate in 2004, since he is a Bob Graham confidant.

Stay tuned!

25 posted on 09/07/2001 8:37:38 AM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark
Davis would have had his clock cleaned if he tried to run for Governor.
26 posted on 09/07/2001 9:17:59 AM PDT by Pete53
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To: Brandonmark
Reno was the primary architect of the Clinton anti-gun initiatives. Look for the NRA to get involved and reach out to the progun Democrats to "Vote FREEDOM FIRST" and that will also include the Union folks in the rural areas. Don't kid yourself that it won't have an effect. Gore LOST Tenn (his own state!) and West-by-God-Virginia on the basis of the gun vote. Reno has not listened to the pleading of the national Democratic party as they have suddenly realized that gun control is NOT a winning platform. Reno has come out in favoring the registration of GUN OWNERS instead of the GUNS they own! So, like, where is the little gold star to pin to our lapels? Then there is the spectre of Ruby Ridge and Waco hanging over her head--not spoken--but there.

The minorities and the condo commandos, as much as they would like to think they'll sway the election...won't. And don't forget the Florida MILITARY vote, both in terms of retirees living in the state who remember the way Clinton gutted the military and those residents currently serving overseas. No suppression of those votes this time out! Jeb will win...the only question is by how much.

27 posted on 09/07/2001 9:28:56 AM PDT by ExSoldier
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To: Brandonmark
Actually, this is not good news for Reno. Her best chance is a crowded Demo primary. Mano-a-mano (think about that one) she might get beat.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic!)

28 posted on 09/07/2001 9:34:48 AM PDT by LonePalm (Le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican))
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To: Brandonmark
``I came to Washington to help balance the budget and pay down the debt. That is unraveling before our eyes, and that and other important issues are all I'm focusing on right now,'' he said.

What a moron!!! Only would a liberal Dumbocrat say, even with a surplus, we are having a balanced budget "unraveling before our eyes."
29 posted on 09/07/2001 10:50:03 AM PDT by jonboy
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To: LoanPalm
If Reno wins the Dem nomination with all the baggage she has to carry it will prove exactly how corrupt the press is.
30 posted on 09/07/2001 10:51:18 AM PDT by FloridaGeezer
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To: FloridaGeezer
I hope the Dems put big bucks in this campaign and then she still loses. We need lots of signs in Miami with Elian's pic on them.
31 posted on 09/07/2001 12:10:35 PM PDT by pickyourpoison
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To: AlGone2001
The Republicans run the Executive and legislative branches. Is there documentation for this concern?
33 posted on 09/07/2001 5:18:30 PM PDT by calebcar
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To: AlGone2001
The Republicans run the Executive and legislative branches. Is there documentation for this concern?
34 posted on 09/07/2001 5:18:37 PM PDT by calebcar
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To: Brandonmark
a question--Katherine Harris will still be the Secretary of State presiding over this election, won't she?
35 posted on 09/07/2001 5:25:35 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: CPT Clay
1. blacks are angry

They'll be cancelled out by angry Cuban Americans--who actually have reason to be angry.

36 posted on 09/07/2001 5:28:35 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Brandonmark
Janet & Hitlery pulled out his FBI file.
37 posted on 09/07/2001 8:33:24 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: Republican Wildcat
Katherine Harris will still be the Secretary of State presiding over this election, won't she?

Believe that will be the case, however she will also be running for Congress for the seat currently occupied by Dan Miller.

38 posted on 09/07/2001 8:35:33 PM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: bigiron
Look for this type of voting to go state wide. No chance for Voter Fraud here!!

I beg to differ. Delaware has a touch-screen system and the State goes Democrat every time. They will simply program the voting machines to elect Janet Stencho.

39 posted on 09/07/2001 8:37:00 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: AlGone2001
I hate to say this, but I suspect that Reno will be tough to beat.

Start praying fervently that everything that can go wrong does go wrong in their nasty little plans, and that Jeb will win in a landslide.

40 posted on 09/07/2001 8:38:33 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: Republican Wildcat
I guess I would be angry if I voted more than once in the same election and still lost. That just isn't fair...
41 posted on 09/08/2001 5:39:16 AM PDT by DB
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To: pray4liberty
Sorry, guess I should have stated that I was b eing VERY VERY sarcastic.
42 posted on 09/14/2001 12:51:07 PM PDT by bigiron
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