Does crowd size matter?
Florida Democratic Party officials taunted GOP counterparts Saturday by contrasting pictures of Andrew Gillum greeting large crowd with those at a poorly attended Ron DeSantis event.
“Today’s abysmal turnout for the DeSantis Campaign is par for the course for a floundering campaign that has endured setback after setback,” said Kevin Donohoe, FDP spokesman.
“It’s telling when a candidate for Governor can barely rustle up a dozen supporters for a campaign ‘rally.’ Ron DeSantis is panicked, running a low-energy campaign, and can’t find a message that resonates with voters. After a rough couple of weeks, things are getting worse—not better for Ron DeSastre.”
FDP Executive Director Juan Peñalosa sent out a link to a video of a Kissimmee rally posted today by Reuters reporter Joey Roulette. Accompanying a notice DeSantis actually ran late to the event, the video panned to a largely empty auditorium.
The DeSantis event in Kissimmee starting a bit late. "The congressman will be here in a few seconds" pic.twitter.com/LR66G7iTUF
— Joey Roulette (@joroulette) September 29, 2018
Meanwhile, the party sent out links to canvassing and campaign office opening events around the state.
Terrie Rizzo, FDP chair, tweeted pictures of a major crowd in Palm Beach County, where actress-activist Alyssa Milano campaigned for Gillum today.
— Terrie Rizzo (@TerrieRizzo) September 29, 2018
FDP released footage of Gillum giving a “Bring It Home” stump speech to an outdoor crowd.
Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried also addressed the major gathering.
When we VOTE, we WIN!
— Nikki Fried (@nikkifried) September 29, 2018
But beyond that, regional candidates also drew attendance to events.
Congressional candidate David Shapiro held a joint canvassing event with Democratic state House candidates Tracy Pratt and Liv Coleman in decidedly Republican Manatee County, but pulled in a sizable crowd.
— David Shapiro (@Shapiro4FL16) September 29, 2018
In Orlando, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith dispatched a door-knocking team for his re-election campaign and for the Democratic ticket.
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) September 29, 2018
Peñalosa picked on the fact the Republican Party of Florida’s Twitter feed Saturday, meanwhile, pushed National Coffee Day.
Of course, that all preceded the 2018 Victory Dinner for Republicans in Lake Buena Vista. Where DeSantis and Senate candidate Rick Scott faced a more sizable crowd.