Florida Democrats for Mitt Romney

The cross-over supporters are getting motivated. They see which way the wind is blowing:

Roger Wishner, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives from Sunrise, is one of four co-chairmen of the newly formed Florida Democrats for Mitt Romney. Wishner, who is also a former city commissioner and mayor, said in a telephone interview he’s supporting the Republican presidential candidate because it’s time for a change – the same reason he supported Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.

He said it’s the first time he’s ever backed a Republican. “I’m deeply concerned about the direction of the country…. I’m worried and I think that we need to go in a different direction,” he said, citing concerns about the economy and Israel’s security.

In 2008, he said, he supported Obama, and was present when the Democratic candidate held a mass rally at the Sunrise arena now known as the BB&T Center. “I wanted to see a new direction. I wanted to see the country succeed. That’s why I wanted a change then,” said Wishner. He said he doesn’t think supporting Romney will hurt his standing among fellow Democrats. “This is not an issue of party, and it shouldn’t be an issue of party,” he said. “The problem is when you basically are so locked into a political ideology that you must support that individual because they happen to have a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ or an ‘I’ next to their name,” he said.

He was elected to the Sunrise commission in 1987, served four years in the Legislature and returned to the commission in 2007. He was elevated to the mayor’s chair to fill a vacancy and lost a 2010 election for the job.


  1. No Tribe
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Imagine if we had a poll come out showing Romney in the lead by over 3% nationally following the debate. That would blow the doors open. This could really ballon into a bigger deal for Obama, as it’s 10 days of early voting that is being effected of this cloud over him until the next debate. Money wise, it will probably hurt him as well, but they just raised $150M again in September, which is just amazing. Terrific article at Mother Jones looking into how they are doing that sort of fundraising through meta data analysis and micro messaging– 10 targets for each mail. A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J testing. But Romney should get a spike going forward.

    • AussieMarcus
      Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Based on the response from the audiences and focus groups, it’s almost impossible for Romney to NOT get a decent bounce.

      Either that or we’ll see D+15 polls next week….

  2. Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t see where the Obama campaign raised that. They raised that figure in September 2008.

    • No Tribe
      Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Obama raised $193M in Sept 2008, the biggest month ever. I doubt that that will be gotten close to this cycle. In this Sept, the Obama +DNC raised $150M. No Romney/RNC numbers yet.

  3. No Tribe
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This could be big:

    Probably what Obama was referring to a few days ago about upcoming events. They did the same thing in 2008, but it was never covered. I’m sure that Romney plays it by the book, they should blow this up.

    • Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Just lay the hammer on. Romney got on offense last night. He has been following the choice meme today – Freedom or Trickle Down Gov’t. That is a nice summation.

      If this hits, demand the President have it independently investigated – that he open things up for review.

      Hammer on this. Hammer on Libya. Hammer on jobs. Hammer on Obamacare. And when he’s in front of you at the next debate, hammer him again. I don’t think he has the guts to go after Romney face to face. So take it to him – and in doing so show America that you are a leader who demands answers and will not back down. That’s the guy you want to send at Putin. Americans love a good fighter. Fight for them. Most of them will support your conservative values as long as you are clear and you push back when guys like Obama want to demagogue.

      We win when we decide to fight. Conservative ideas work, but we have to fight back and refuse to be lied about. Romney did that in debate #1.

    • Jon
      Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink | Reply

      It could be big, but only if the MSM realizes that they are backing a loser.

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