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The 32 rules of Thanksgiving Touch Football

If you have a healthy relationship with your family and speak to them all the time, you’re playing touch. If you see your family only once a year, it’s tackle. …

A Nerf ball is OK but you should own a leather football. A leather football is one of the things every home must have, like a dishwasher and a bourbon distillery in the garage. …

It’s two-hand touch. One-hand touch is for lazy people who buy turkey sandwiches out of vending machines. …

Two completions is a first down. Not as simple as it sounds, just ask the 2011 Indianapolis Colts. …

Unless you live in California, Hawaii or Florida or some fancy place like that, the ground is probably going to be squishy with cold mud, and someone in your family is going to fall down face-first and ruin his or her Thanksgiving outfit. This is not cause for alarm. This is the highlight of the game.

… It’s OK to play with kids but don’t baby them. Just because your 7-year-old niece is playing quarterback doesn’t mean you can’t intercept her screen pass and run it back for a touchdown. She’s got to learn sometime not to throw into triple coverage. …

“The count is five ‘Mississippi.’ And it’s a full four syllables-not a rushed ‘MISS-IPPI’ and knocking grandpa to the ground. …

Keep the Tebowing to a minimum. The fad is already old. …

No showoff football lingo. No screaming ‘trips left’ or ‘zone blitz.’ Uncle Dale doesn’t want to play the ‘nickel package.’ He wants to get this stupid game over with, have a vodka and stand in the kitchen eating stuffing with his hands. …

But there’s always one control freak who wants to diagram elaborate plays. Just listen to whatever they say, and forget it immediately. … There are only two plays you need for touch football: ‘Everybody Go Out’ and ‘Everybody Go Deep.’ …

No, that running play never works. Ever. …

If you throw six interceptions in a row, let someone else play quarterback, or sign with the Washington Redskins. …

Three-minute halftime. Don’t kill the momentum. Anything longer, and aging muscles seize up.

Remember: if Daddy sits, Daddy is d-o-n-e. …

If you’re a random guest at Thanksgiving, it’s your job to be good at touch football. Lie and say you ‘played a little’ at Alabama and pray you don’t completely embarrass yourself. …

[I]f it snows, it’s a classic. …

Take your shoes off before going in the house, or Mom is going to kill you.

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay.

Weird Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving Day gluttony is, for the most part, expected to be pretty predictable. We’ve already covered the main event, the succulent bird and savory side dishes, but now it’s time for the equally important dessert and onslaught of leftovers — in a very weird way.

No Thanksgiving is complete without a tasting of every single dessert put out on the table. It doesn’t matter how many buttons you’ve undone from your jeans or if you’ve intentionally donned your Thanksgiving fat pants, this dessert is one that is entirely unnecessary. So, why stop at apple and pumpkin pie? This year, consider the handful of people who may be thinking outside the Thanksgiving tradition box and trying out one of these off-the-wall recipes.

Moose Turd Cookies

Yep, that’s right. Moose turds. Yum! No really, yum. These not-so-tantalizing looking treats are, in fact, a chocolaty slice of heaven — so long as you can get past the fact that they do, indeed, look like a pile of some large and disgusting animal’s poop.

Moose Turds consist of the usual cookie necessities like butter, eggs and brown sugar, but they also include a, eh-hem, crap load of chocolate and a little bit of booze, triple sec or Grand Marnier. There’s also some mashed banana. Again, yum.

This fabulous dessert can be topped with red and green sprinkles for Christmas and renamed reindeer turds. You drop that deuce Rudolph!

The Cherpumple

Love your traditional holiday pies but feel guilty about eating a slice of each? Well, how about combining three of the most widely baked Thanksgiving pies into one cake to disguise your overindulgence? Enter the Cherpumple — a cherry pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie all baked into one ginormous cake.

Each pie is baked into a cake — take your pick of white, yellow, spice, whatever — then stacked on top of each other and frosted all together into one diabetes-inducing dessert.

This giant slice of awesome goes particularly well with Thanksgiving adventurers who have mastered the Turducken and love lots of things crammed into one thing.

The original creator of the Cherpumple no longer has the recipe page up — I assume there were one too many sugar-induced comas to answer for. Rest assured any pie recipe should do the trick and boxed cake batter is pretty self-explanatory.

Depression cake

No, this chocolate cake won’t thrust you into the therapist’s office with a bout of holiday depression, that comes from other holiday-related stress. It’s called Depression Cake because it was created in the days of the Great Depression when many ordinary cake ingredients like milk, eggs and butter got pricey following the 1929 stock market crash. This cake satisfied the financially strapped families then by avoiding dairy and eggs and it’s perfect for your vegan friend who can’t each much else at the Thanksgiving table.

Depression Cake contains the usual all-purpose flour, white sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder, but substitutes the dairy and egg for vegetable oil, white vinegar and water. The result is a moist and fluffy cake that rivals what you might make compliments of Pillsbury. Sprinkle it with some powdered sugar and you’ve got a delicious chocolate cake that’s pretty and safe for your dietary-challenged friends and family.

Well, crap. Thanksgiving is over and you’re left with a fridge full of 17-days worth of leftovers you have maybe five days to eat. What to do with this little first world problem?

Solution number one: Thanksgiving Turkey Cake

It looks like a cake. It’s layered like a cake. It’s displayed like a cake. It’s not really a cake. No sirree. This smorgasbord of Thanksgiving deliciousness is all the main features of Turkey Day crammed into one very sliceable after-party meal.

There’s a rather complicated recipe you should probably follow if tackling this undertaking. Basically, it’s just layer after layer of Thanksgiving leftovers stacked into a cake form and then “iced” with mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes and topped with mini-marshmallows. The bottom is a mix of turkey and oats formed into a sturdy base. Top that with a thin layer of mashed potato icing, a layer of cranberry sauce then a bunch of stuffing, some more mashed potatoes and another layer of turkey smoosh. Cover it all with mashed potatoes, top that with sweet potatoes and marshmallows and voilà, leftovers that resemble cake.

The whole thing sounds delicious, except for the marshmallows. Ick.

Turkey and Chorizo Breakfast Hash

When leftover turkey starts getting old for lunch and dinner, just switch it up for breakfast. Your taste buds won’t even notice you’re eating the same thing you had for the past three days!

This recipe calls for leftover turkey and Brussels sprouts and a handful of extra ingredients like heavy cream and Mexican chorizo, but I’m sure you could manage to mix in some extra stuff to get rid of it — green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, just chuck it all in, right!

The chef of this post-Thanksgiving breakfast calls on the cook to cut everything to about the same size to ensure even cooking. Let the ingredients form a crust on the pan and constantly scrape that crust to make a crispy hash. When it’s pretty much cooked, create little nooks for eggs to cook into an over-easy yolky goodness. Top it with hot sauce and sriracha and bada-bing bada-boom, leftover turkey that tastes nothing like Thanksgiving!

Sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches!!!!!

One recipe calls for a triple-decker turkey sandwich with the middle slice of bread soaked in gravy — emphasis on soaked in gravy. The bottom is sliced leftover turkey, lettuce and tomato and the top is leftover stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Yet another turkey sandwich rendition throws a smashed dinner roll into the mix with a layer of green beans and sweet potatoes. There’s still cranberry sauce, of course.

Why not go fancy with a Panini-style turkey sandwich with melted Brie and avocado. This leftover masterpiece grills layers of turkey, cranberry sauce, avocado and Brie cheese in between artisan bread for a crunchy sweet and salty concoction sure to put a plain turkey and mayo on wheat to shame.

A similar version of that recipe swaps the Brie for Goat cheese and takes out the avocado. Either way, I’m ready for Thanksgiving.

The fat pants (and an extra couple pair) are ready for the feat(s).

Nixon White House had to nail Thanksgiving turkey by its feet

Nothing went according to plan in Richard Nixon‘s White House.  Not even Thanksgiving dinner.

The Washington Post recollects:

Thanksgiving always reminds us of the time during the Nixon administration when a particularly rambunctious turkey was presented to the late president at the White House.

The turkey was so flustered that, according to the tale, which is not widely recalled these days, its feet had to be nailed to the table.

We checked our recollection with a few Nixon administration veterans. One of them, who definitely would have known, e-mailed back: “Regarding the effort to restrain the White House Thanksgiving turkey, it is my understanding that at least one year, they nailed its feet to the table.” (Apparently, the bird doesn’t have nerve endings in portions of its feet.)

We can only hope the turkey — like the president — was pardoned.

By the way, there is a fascinating photo gallery of Thanksgiving traditions at the White House.  Be sure to check it out.

You want me to eat what on Thanksgiving?! — Part 1

There are many Thanksgiving traditions that go without saying. What grown adult hasn’t, at some point in their life, sat around a table listing something for which they are grateful? Thanksgiving conjures images of roasted, golden turkeys, fluffy mashed potatoes, and mom’s apple pie.

The late November gorge-fest brings to mind reminiscent smells of hours of cooking and the warm fuzzies associated with hanging with close friends and family.

Or it could be eating some really weird s**t.

Because wacky is more fun than traditional, I’ve compiled a list of must (or must not) adventures for an off the wall Thanksgiving to remember.

First up, the main event. You’ve all heard of the Turducken — a chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey (I think that’s the order). That’s overdone. It’s been joked about in sitcoms and around dinner tables for years.

Let’s think bigger.

Turgooduccochiqua.

No, I didn’t just sneeze. Who would settle for three meets all tucked in together when you could have six? This big hunk of meat is a quail inside a Cornish game hen inside a duck inside a chicken inside a turkey inside a goose. Did I mention there’s bacon tucked in between? I don’t know if this sounds awesome or nauseating, but what I do know is it may take four large men and a tractor-trailer to squeeze all those birds into a goose.

Bacon-wrapped bird

This one is perhaps a little old too, but it’s weird, awesome and gluttonous all at the same time.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the roasted turkey wrapped in a bacon blanket, because, what could be better than cloaking your bird in pig butt?

This superstar of poultry (and swine) is just a common bird baked, not fried, however, you think is best. This culinary diva suggests first dry-brining the bird two days before the big day, rubbing it in bacon butter the day before and then cooking the delicious right into that bacon wrapped beauty the day of. The only difference between this main dish and the one grandma made is the hand-woven sheath of bacon draped over it.

Using about a pound of bacon, weave one piece of raw bacon at a time over the body of the turkey tucking each piece over and under just like Little Red Riding Hood’s little basket. The greasy bacon adds flavor to the turkey, keeps the meat moist and the drippings make for some killer gravy.

Bon appétit! Or should I say, bacon appétit!

Tofurky

Don’t eat meat? No problem! Tofurky is just the ticket. Nothing says “meat is gross, I don’t eat it” like shaping tofu into a shape that looks like meat!

This vegetarian or vegan alternative to Thanksgiving’s rock star turkey is basically just a bunch of tofu squished into a cheesecloth-lined colander to take on a turkey-esque shape and then stuffed. I’ve heard it’s actually quite delicious, but I’m still a little perplexed at making non-meat main courses for people who don’t eat meat look like the thing they don’t eat. I’d make it look like broccoli. That sounds fun.

There are probably a million ways to cook a turkey that falls outside the traditional oven roasted awesomeness or deep fried fire hazard. I saw something about stuffing the bird with a beer can and roasting it pig-style over a giant fire pit. But I think I’ll just leave this chef’s crazy bear-shaped Frankenstein turkey right here just in case you needed a good nightmare.

Whether you’re eating an actual turkey, a turkey stuffed into something else with other stuff stuffed in it or a fake meat turkey, you can give that bird a Florida suntan with some creatively placed aluminum foil. Just crinkle the foil over the turkey in the shape of whatever bikini style suits your bird’s figure and leave it there while baking. The turkey will emerge later that day sporting tan lines. Oh, and don’t forget to position the legs above the head so it looks like your main dish is sunbathing!

Moving on to everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving, the side dishes!

Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Celery Root

This sounds totally yummy, but it’s weird. Mashed potatoes win the “you can’t F— this one up” award year after year. Boil some potatoes. Smother them in some sort of milk or cream and a bunch of butter. Squish them up all nice and viola, turkey’s favorite companion and holder of gravy! With this new recipe, uncle Fred could possibly mess up his one contribution to the holiday dinner.

These mashed potatoes look more like Cool Whip than mashed potatoes. They’re void of any lumps and could probably be spread deliciously onto a bagel.

A pound of celery root and a few sprigs of thyme along with a hint of cheese give this Thanksgiving rendition an earthy hint. It may be weird, but it may impress your new girlfriend’s mom.

Frog Eye Salad

I’m not sure if this one is a side dish or a dessert. It could safely fall into either category containing both pasta and cool whip. Judging by its ‘salad’ categorization though, I’m going to go with a side dish.

First off, no frogs were harmed in the making of this dish.

This recipe calls for Acini di Pepe pasta, which gives it the look of frog eyes. It also looks like round pieces of pasta, but since whoever invented it clearly thought frog eye sounded appetizing, it now just looks like Kermit and his brethren sacrificed their eyeballs to garnish your Thanksgiving feast.

Anywho, the eyeball-shaped pasta is mixed with a sugary combination of cool whip and a bunch of fruit. It looks kind of like pasta salad, but minus the usual makings of salad like, you know, onions, celery and boiled eggs.

Throw any of these dishes onto your Thanksgiving Day spread and Grandma Esther and Aunt Edith are sure to be talking about the “weird” Thanksgiving for years to come! Keep your eyes peeled for installment two of our wacky Turkey Day recipes for desserts, hors-d’oeuvres, and even a funky cocktail.

Before the Pilgrims, Floridians celebrated the ‘real’ first Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year when children make cardboard turkeys and draw the Mayflower, while we prepare to fill our tables with stuffing and pumpkin pie the way most of us imagine the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

But there’s just one catch, according to archaeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History: The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving wasn’t the first.

The nation’s real first Thanksgiving took place more than 50 years earlier near the Matanzas River in St. Augustine, Florida, when Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and 800 soldiers, sailors and settlers joined local Native Americans in a feast that followed a Mass of Thanksgiving, according to Kathleen Deagan, distinguished research curator emerita of historical archaeology at the museum, located on the University of Florida campus.

Instead of flat-top hats and oversized buckles, conquistadors wore armor and colonists dressed in 16th-century Spanish garments. There wasn’t any cranberry sauce or pie — not even turkey. Instead, the meal consisted of an assortment of food, from salted pork and red wine shipped from Spain to yucca from the Caribbean, Deagan said.

“The holiday we celebrate today is really something that was invented in a sense,” she said. “By the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, the people who settled America’s first colony with Menéndez probably had children and grandchildren living there.”

UF retired history professor Michael Gannon wrote in his influential book on the subject that the event “was the first community act of religion and thanksgiving in the first permanent settlement in the land.”

This little-known chapter of history challenges the traditional Thanksgiving story, which reflects an Anglicized version of history and supports America’s colonial origins being viewed as solely, or at least primarily, British, said Gifford Waters, historical archaeology collection manager at the Florida Museum.

“The fact is, the first colony was a melting pot and the cultural interactions of the many groups of people in the colony were much more like the U.S. is today than the British colonies ever were,” Waters said. “I think the true story of the first Thanksgiving is especially important, since there is a growing Hispanic population in the U.S. and the role of the Spanish colony in La Florida is often neglected in the classroom.”

Historical eyewitness accounts describe the first Thanksgiving as a scene marked by diversity, with colonists and local Timucuan people in attendance. More than 400 artifacts left behind by the various cultural groups that made up the first colony are currently on display in the Florida Museum’s exhibit, “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins.”

Waters said the meal probably took place near the mouth of present-day Hospital Creek on the Matanzas River, where today the Mission of Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park — the site of Menéndez’ original encampment and the first colony — are located. The feast followed a Thanksgiving Mass, which Deagan said was a common practice of sailors after a tumultuous expedition.

The 68 days that it took Menéndez and his followers to get to Florida’s shore had not been easy. After leaving Spain with eight ships, the group arrived in Florida with only four. Half the original expedition was lost to hurricanes and other hardships.

Of those who made it to Florida, whether in search of riches and improved social standing or new opportunities like owning land, all were probably thankful to be alive and on dry land, Deagan said.

“A Mass and feast of Thanksgiving was the first thing Menendez did, and he invited all of the local native people who were so curious about them,” she said.

Besides salted pork and red wine, those in attendance ate garbanzo beans, olives and hard sea biscuits. The meal may have also included Caribbean foods that were probably collected when Menéndez stopped to regroup and resupply at San Juan Puerto Rico before continuing to Florida, Deagan said. If the Timucua contributed, it would likely have been with corn, fresh fish, berries or beans, she said.

Archaeologists have not recovered any artifacts or other archaeological data clearly associated with the first Thanksgiving, although they have found remains of the types of food that would have been eaten, Waters said.

“It is very rare to be able to pin down archaeological remains with a specific event, especially something as ephemeral as a single meal,” he said.

Waters said he hopes spreading word about the original Thanksgiving will spark interest in having a more complete understanding of American history.

Via the University of Florida News.

Thanksgiving poems for family and friends

Thanksgiving is America’s harvest festival — a time to acknowledge the help of family and friends, and a reminder of what a gift it is to be alive. It’s a day to overindulge in the here and now, even as we reflect on the past.

In other words, it’s the perfect holiday for poetry!

While a barn full of winter stock and a home overrun with family and friends does not fit with our popular conception of the poet as solitary brooder, these poems show that the occasion has provided poets — from Harriet Maxwell Converse in the 19th century to Elizabeth Alexander in the 21st — with plenty of food for thought. Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.

TOASTS AND PRAYERS

A Thanksgiving to God, for his House
By Robert Herrick

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
By James Weldon Johnson

The Thanksgivings
By Harriet Maxwell Converse

Thanksgiving
By Edgar Albert Guest

FAMILY, FOOD, AND FELLOWSHIP

Butter
By Elizabeth Alexander

Family Reunion
By Maxine W. Kumin

Perhaps the World Ends Here
By Joy Harjo

Stomackes
By Albert Goldbarth

Thanksgiving Magic
By Rowena Bastin Bennett

Yam
By Bruce Guernsey

Totem
By Eamon Grennan

THE SEASON

My Triumph
By John Greenleaf Whittier

Signs of the Times
By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thanksgiving Day
By L. Maria Child

The Garden of Proserpine
By Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Pumpkin
By John Greenleaf Whittier

When the Frost is on the Punkin
By James Whitcomb Riley

Zebra
By C.K. Williams

The Gift Outright
By Robert Frost

To Autumn
By John Keats

Despite holiday, lineworkers headed to Virgin Islands

Public power personnel from four Florida municipal electric utilities will be headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday and Wednesday to assist with ongoing power restoration efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) announced.

“After Hurricane Irma tore through nearly the whole state, Florida utilities were the grateful beneficiaries of mutual aid from utilities all across the country,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director.

“We are honored to have this chance to return the favor and help our neighbors in the U.S. Virgin Islands get their lights and their lives back to normal,” she added. “And, we deeply appreciate the service and dedication of these lineworkers who are leaving their families behind during Thanksgiving to assist.”

Thirty-one workers from the City of Tallahassee electric utility, Ocala Electric Utility, City of Homestead electric utility and Fort Pierce Utilities Authority are headed first to St. Croix, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Coming with them more than 30 bucket trucks, pickup trucks, trailers and other pieces of equipment, which will float to St. Croix via barge from Palm Beach. The crews will fly to St. Croix to meet the trucks.

With only 25 percent of the island’s power restored, St. Croix is the first priority. If able, Florida personnel may also assist with restoration efforts on St. Johns and St. Thomas, which were significantly damaged by Irma.

The mutual aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands has been coordinated by FMEA, in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (USVI-WAPA).

“Mutual aid agreements enable municipal utilities to call on each other for emergency workers and supplies,” according to the release. “Florida’s public power utilities benefit from this strong network of partners within Florida and across the country through the APPA. Florida’s municipal electric utilities also have forged mutual aid arrangements with Florida’s investor-owned utilities. These dependable connections have created a reliable system where member utilities both request and offer assistance.”

Gas Pumps

AAA: Thanksgiving table set … for lower gas prices

Florida gas prices dropped by an average of 3 cents during the last four days, AAA–The Auto Club Group said in a news release.

And gas prices “should decline 5-10 cents through Thanksgiving weekend,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “Although gasoline demand will be high this week, it will be cheaper for gas stations to purchase their fuel than a week ago.

“Since retailers profit more off of concessions in their convenience stores than the sale of gasoline, they will be more likely to lower gas prices as a way to attract passing motorists.”

The lower prices comes as the feds “reported a weekly increase in crude and gasoline inventories, and growth in domestic oil production, allowing oil prices to weaken from their 2-year highs, and wholesale gasoline prices to drop nearly 10 cents,” according to the release.

Motorists looking for inexpensive gas also should check out intersections with more than one service station, Jenkins advised, because of the competition.

“Oftentimes gas stations wait until Friday to lower their prices, in hopes that managers at rival stations are not paying attention, or gone for the weekend,” he said.

Conversely, “some of the highest prices are often at gas stations in rural areas, near airports, and at interstate on/off ramps.”

So far this year, the highest average price for gasoline nationally was $2.67 on Sept. 8. The lowest was $2.23 on July 5.

In Florida, the highest average price in was $2.73 on Sept. 9. The lowest was $2.13 on July 17.

— AAA recommends you shop before you pump: GasPrices.AAA.com offers daily national, state, and metro gas price averages, and the free AAA Mobile app shows current prices at a gas station near you.

 

FRA head strikes back: ‘Redevelopment is about the people’

With the House of Representatives now trying to take out community redevelopment agencies (CRAs), the head of the Florida Redevelopment Association is fighting back.

“Community redevelopment agencies breathe new life into communities that have been neglected or forgotten, and their impact goes far beyond the buildings and roads they help develop,” said Carol Westmoreland, executive director of the association.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran has made it a 2018 Legislative Session priority to rein in the state’s more than 200 community redevelopment agencies.

The chamber already is moving a bill (HB 17) requiring, among other things, more transparency and board member ethics trainings.

The legislation, ready for the House floor in January, was followed by a House Media Team video slamming CRAs as vehicles for local government to pay for their “pet projects.”

“Ever heard of Community Redevelopment Agencies?” the video begins. “Chances are you haven’t, but chances are you’re paying for one.

“Community Redevelopment Agencies, or CRAs, were meant to clean up slums and blighted neighborhoods. Instead they became another vehicle for local governments to take your money and spend it on their pet projects. That’s why your Florida House is is introducing legislation to bring accountability and transparency to CRAs in Florida.”

But the “work of our local CRAs is about the community and those living in it; redevelopment is about the people,” Westmoreland said in a statement.

“These efforts should not go unnoticed, unrecognized or misrepresented, as CRAs are dedicated to our citizens and restoring our communities to make them come alive.”

Westmoreland also provided talking points backing the associations’ benefits:

— “Florida’s community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) serve to revitalize communities through projects such as streetscapes and roadway improvements, building renovations, neighborhood parks and more.”

— “CRAs are created by local governments and funded by tax increment funding, which captures tax revenues resulting from increases in property values attributable to an agency’s investment in an area.”

— “Unfortunately, Florida’s CRAs are currently under attack by proposed legislation that will enact crippling regulations in an attempt to impede the creation of new CRAs and phase out existing programs.”

— “SB 432 and HB 17 aim to impose a laundry list of revised requirements that will have an enormous negative impact on the survival of local CRAs.”

— “Without local CRAs, the progress that has been made in redevelopment will come to a halt; property values will drop, and communities will suffer.”

Finally, she referred to a video of “how CRAs are working to improve local communities,” produced by the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA.

Official Florida House photo

Frank White touts NW FL backing in crowded GOP AG primary

Rep. Frank White, one of four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for Attorney General, rolled out more endorsements from his Panhandle base Friday.

The endorsements: Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward; Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser; Okaloosa County Commission Chair Carolyn Ketchel; Okaloosa County Commission Vice-Chair Graham W. Fountain; Escambia County Commission Vice-Chair Jeff Bergosh; Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward described White as “a consistent conservative and tireless worker with the character to lead.”

“As an accomplished attorney, businessman and community leader, Frank will bring a unique and important perspective to the attorney general’s office,” Hayward added.

Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser said he was “proud to support Frank White for Attorney General”.

“As Mayor of Gulf Breeze,” Dannheisser said, “I know the challenges that an executive leader faces on a daily basis and how to overcome those challenges. Frank White is an effective, conservative leader who will serve as Attorney General with integrity, principle, and a tireless work ethic for all Floridians. I look forward to working with Frank in the campaign ahead.”

Okaloosa County Commission Chair Carolyn Ketchel lauded White’s “commitment to family values, his faith, and his integrity,” while County Commission Vice-Chair Fountain lauded White’s “commitment to conservative values, upholding the rule of law, and protecting our second amendment rights [as] essential for our Florida’s chief law enforcement officer.”

Escambia County Commission Vice-Chair Jeff Bergosh described White as a “dedicated and principled defender of our constitutional rights, the rule of law, and family values.”

And Escambia Commissioner Grover Robinson, a former President of the Florida Association of Counties, had the following to say.

“It is very important to me that we have a person of faith, integrity and principle in Florida’s lead prosecutor. We are fortunate to have such a leader in Northwest Florida who embodies these qualities in his private and public career and is willing to use them in service to the entire state. It is my honor to endorse Frank White for Attorney General,” Robinson said.

White is “humbled and honored these leaders of our region recognize my commitment to our conservative principles.”

“I appreciate their support as I travel the state to become Florida’s next Attorney General,” White added.

White currently leads the fundraising race against both Jay Fant and Ashley Moody, on the strength of a $1.75M+ first month in the race.

Rep. Ross Spano declared his candidacy on Thursday, as the field to succeed Pam Bondi continues to draw a crowd.

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