DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, Nikki Fried rally Charlie Crist supporters

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Dozens of supporters were on hand for DNC event in pivotal Duval County.

As the gubernatorial campaign of Charlie Crist enters its stretch run, he’s getting timely outside help.

Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who lost the August Primary to Crist, were among the speakers Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville at the IBEW Union Hall.

The event started over an hour after the 5:00 opening, with dozens of supporters finally arrived by the 6:20 p.m. beginning.

“This is one of the most important midterm elections of our lifetime,” Harrison said. “I am thrilled we are beginning our bus tour in Jacksonville.”

“We are ready to elect Crist,” Harrison said. “We are ready to elect Val Demings as our next Senator.”

Harrison said Demings left “track marks” on Marco Rubio during the debate this week.

“He’s still drinking water,” Harrison joked.

An Amber Alert went off on dozens of phones as Harrison spoke, adding a somber tone to the pitch, while seeming like apt symbolism to one observer. A child was missing.

Soon enough the Chair was back to his pitch, painting Republicans as extreme on abortion and other issues. Harrison got in another joke about Gov. Ron DeSantis before the end of the rally, saying that Democrats would “send him to Venezuela.”

Crist was energetic, displaying a pugnacious style that felt like a preview of next week’s sole gubernatorial debate.

“He doesn’t care about us. He doesn’t care about working folks. You know what he cares about? Running for President in 2024.”

Crist spotlighted the affordability crisis, including gas and utility prices, blaming DeSantis for a “lapdog” Public Service Commission and searing “this clown” for not cutting the gas tax until October.

He also spotlighted abortion, a key issue of the campaign, including a young incest victim who had the leave the state for the “cure she needed and the care she needed.”

“We’ve got 19 days to get this done, and this race is as tight as a tick,” Crist said.

Fried talked about a rally she did at this same IBEW hall, noting that she stumped on back of a pickup truck in heels. She said again she wanted DeSantis to be a “one-term Governor” and a “zero-term President,” remarks familiar to those covering the Primary.

“It has been my absolute honor and privilege to represent you in the Florida Cabinet the last four years,” Fried said near the close, a recognition that her time as the only elected statewide Democrat has all but wrapped.

State Rep. Tracie Davis led a “Vote them out” chant. Davis is running for state Senate against a write-in opponent, so she is likely safe in November.

Davis also said it was necessary to “drag” young voters to polls.

“If we don’t have 18 to 30 year olds voting with us, we are not going to be successful,” the third term legislator said. Few voters in that age range were on hand, so that is a work in progress.

Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman also hyped the election.

“Why are we here today? The next 19 days, they are very important,” Pittman said. “We need to make sure that no Democrat is left behind.”

In the crowd, but not speaking: CFO hopeful Adam Hattersley. He was at least acknowledged from the stage.

The Florida stop is the first in the series of swing-state travels for Harrison. Crist’s event is billed as a “bus tour kickoff,” meanwhile, so iterations of the event Thursday likely will occur elsewhere as Election Day nears.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


37 comments

  • Tom

    October 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Wonderful, a chameleon and 2 losers!
    Crisp has a major pounding coming.
    Harrison & Fried both got asses kicked running for office! Harrison in SC, and Fraud in August.

    Florida is only reddening more, not whitening.
    Dummycrats ass kicking count down, big time!

    • The Real Tom

      October 20, 2022 at 7:19 pm

      👆 Don’t listen to fake Tom. Vote for Val Demings and Charlie Crist.

      • Hope

        October 21, 2022 at 8:15 am

        All Democrats polling skewed… Republicans lead! You may now exit stage right.

        • Fat Cammack

          October 21, 2022 at 9:31 am

          Need bare ass face sit by me honey. Simultaneous Nikki Fried rug munch. Show you what bipartisan is really all about 💋

        • Albert Faivre

          November 3, 2022 at 11:29 am

          The Scumocrat run Congress is over

      • Michael

        October 21, 2022 at 9:36 am

        Uh hell no on Crist. He is a phony

  • Tom

    October 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Wonderful, a chameleon and 2 losers!
    Crisp has a major pounding coming.
    Harrison & Fried both got asses kicked running for office! Harrison in SC, and Fraud in August.

    Florida is only reddening more, not whitening.
    Dummycrats ass kicking count down, big time!

    • The Real Tom

      October 20, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      Chameleon? He switched parties because the Republican Party was too neo nazi and grifter. They prey on stupid people and court terrorists.

      • Tom

        October 20, 2022 at 7:47 pm

        Wah, Wah, degenerate incest Joey corsin. Aw sensitive are you for chameleon.

        Chameleon complete prick! Liar sack of manure. Perfected fake outrage to a tee. He’s a liberal that’s why he left GOP, good riddance chameleon.

        I’m a Repub, no I’m a independent, no I’m a Dummycrat.

        I’m pro life, no I’m pro choice, no I mean I’m pro life personally! He’s a prick! Just like you corsin!

        You got a ball buster blow out coming. Congress, House and Senate, and Florida sweep. Marco, Gov, Super GOP legislature majorities!

        You got 95% plus GOP voters who can’t wait to vote! They walk in glass to vote for Gov and Marco.

      • Tom

        October 20, 2022 at 7:47 pm

        Wah, Wah, degenerate incest Joey corsin. Aw sensitive are you for chameleon.

        Chameleon complete prick! Liar sack of manure. Perfected fake outrage to a tee. He’s a liberal that’s why he left GOP, good riddance chameleon.

        I’m a Repub, no I’m a independent, no I’m a Dummycrat.

        I’m pro life, no I’m pro choice, no I mean I’m pro life personally! He’s a prick! Just like you corsin!

        You got a ball buster blow out coming. Congress, House and Senate, and Florida sweep. Marco, Gov, Super GOP legislature majorities!

        You got 95% plus GOP voters who can’t wait to vote! They walk in glass to vote for Gov and Marco.

        • Joe Corsin

          October 20, 2022 at 7:50 pm

          Why you always double posting? No one else does this but your dumbass. Seek help for intellectual disability.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 20, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    A gathering of has been Democrats on a photo op today. Did anyone show? Is there any excitement? That is a losing team that will get run over by the Red Tsunami coming on 8 November. Even that moron Pelosi dismisses the New York Times. The New York Times!!!!! That rag is a position paper for the Democrats. Even those hard core leftist writers over there know what’s coming. 8 November will be a glorious day. I can’t wait to watch CNN, MSNBC, the View. It will be epic.

    • Fat Cammack

      October 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      If you vote for me, I’ll send you a naked picture! For a campaign donation larger than my ass..I just might come over there and give you a bare assed face sit, anchovy scrub, facial ass pound 🍩💋

      • Tom

        October 20, 2022 at 8:29 pm

        Because liberals need to be pounded!
        Back to your desperate cammack BS.
        Just a Chinese troll robot loser! Okay do 3x. Just love busting soros Manchurian balls! Yours I crush!

        • Fat Cammack

          October 20, 2022 at 8:55 pm

          I’m not Chinese baby doll. You gonna get Nikki Fried sardine scrub to the face if you don’t vote for me. But if you vote for me and donate enough I just might come over there and give you giant, bare ass pound on the face. Let me legs fly out from underneath me 🍩💋

      • Tom

        October 20, 2022 at 8:29 pm

        Because liberals need to be pounded!
        Back to your desperate cammack BS.
        Just a Chinese troll robot loser! Okay do 3x. Just love busting soros Manchurian balls! Yours I crush!

        • Fat Cammack

          October 20, 2022 at 8:57 pm

          3X gargantuan ass smash to the face if you donate enough. Show you what the GOP is all about. Bare, unwiped ass plant.. hammer job.🍩💋

  • ScienceBLVR

    October 20, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Teachers support Charlie and most I know can’t stand DeSantis..as a group, educators tend to be pretty smart, and certainly know when they are being bullied, attacked, maligned and disrespected, as they have been under DeSantis rule. Charlie has our backs, always has, even as a Republican. And that’s good enough for me.

    • Impeach Biden

      October 20, 2022 at 8:59 pm

      If teachers support Crist they really aren’t that smart in my book. The biggest portion of my property tax bill goes to the public school system. I have a right to scrutinize the curriculum that is taught in these schools. It’s not a blank check for some of these wackos to promote their agenda. Teachers should teach not impose their political views.

      • marylou

        October 20, 2022 at 9:25 pm

        Teachers have ALWAYS been BEGGING parents to get involved in how their kids are doing in class and what they are learning.

        Maybe MAGA types have been ignoring the teachers and neglecting their kids’ education all this time. Now desatan is pretending he came up with the idea of parent involvement. You people fall for it. What a pathetic joke!

        • Tom

          October 20, 2022 at 10:05 pm

          MAry hooch.

          Haven’t heard from you since I schooled you. You been busy passing out coat hangers?

          DeSantis did develop conservative school bd candidate push!

          Your abortion issue has bombed on the Dums, exposing you and your fringe, extremists total abortion to birth! It’s cratered to 5%, keep in mind that includes some pro lifers!

          You have such a crushing coming on 11/8. Enjoy!

          • Fat Cammack

            October 20, 2022 at 10:18 pm

            I’ll give you a crushing baby doll. Blimp ass pound. Your face is the meat between my two huge buns. I close!!!🍩💋

          • marylou

            October 21, 2022 at 9:14 pm

            I see absence has made your heart grow fonder.

        • Tom

          October 20, 2022 at 10:05 pm

          MAry hooch.

          Haven’t heard from you since I schooled you. You been busy passing out coat hangers?

          DeSantis did develop conservative school bd candidate push!

          Your abortion issue has bombed on the Dums, exposing you and your fringe, extremists total abortion to birth! It’s cratered to 5%, keep in mind that includes some pro lifers!

          You have such a crushing coming on 11/8. Enjoy!

          • Fat Cammack

            October 20, 2022 at 10:20 pm

            You said you were incest victim but how about gargantuan ass sandwich victim? Make you forget about the past babydoll 🍩💋

        • Tom

          October 20, 2022 at 10:05 pm

          MAry hooch.

          Haven’t heard from you since I schooled you. You been busy passing out coat hangers?

          DeSantis did develop conservative school bd candidate push!

          Your abortion issue has bombed on the Dums, exposing you and your fringe, extremists total abortion to birth! It’s cratered to 5%, keep in mind that includes some pro lifers!

          You have such a crushing coming on 11/8. Enjoy!

          • Fat Cammack

            October 20, 2022 at 10:21 pm

            Too many posts of the same shit babydoll. Did you already get giant ass pound to the head or something? Maybe I can correct with greasy, bare assed face slam?🍩💋

        • Hope

          October 21, 2022 at 3:01 pm

          Bloody Mary,

          Remember I will be there for you on November 8th to talk you down off the ledge, as unlike you… I am pro-life and I will be there for you.

          • marylou

            October 22, 2022 at 3:44 pm

            Great! I need your phone#…Legend Tom says it’s on the wall at the Fort Pierce Flying J ???

            Read this while you wait to congratulate Crist: myanetwork.org/the-issue-of-tissue/

      • Joe Corsin

        October 20, 2022 at 9:27 pm

        Your book is not that smart..and you don’t have the right to do jack sht. You can take your kids and put them in religious school where they’ll become assholes that nobody likes…and you’ll still pay those taxes or they’ll take your house.

    • Tom

      October 20, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      Mis believer and his last desperate stand! Wah, Wah.

      You are full of manure mis-educator!

      DeSantis will get half of the educators! Vote.

      Two raises and bonuses! Shut the hell up! Educators like DeSantis.

      Chameleon is toast! It’s just if he keeps it under or over 55%. Down ticket repercussions!

      • Fat Cammack

        October 20, 2022 at 10:23 pm

        Wah wah manure is what you want? Wah wah manure is what you’ll get when I perform bare, gargantuan, unwiped face grind 🍩💋

  • David In Shoreline

    October 20, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I appreciate your gumption Charlie. But this is no year for party switchers and you have already lost. Give your friends a break and stop wasting their time with useless events that will have no effect on the election. Maybe you can run in 2026 on the Green Party ticket.

  • Phil Morton

    October 21, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Fun rally. We need more of these in the next 18 days. Very good to see people from Clay, Nassau and St. Johns. North Florida turning BLUE!

    • Tom

      October 21, 2022 at 9:32 am

      Morton the idiot!
      LMAO, turning nothing blue.
      Except you in the face election night, please post it. Two losers, Harrison and Fraud.

    • Tom

      October 21, 2022 at 9:32 am

      Morton the idiot!
      LMAO, turning nothing blue.
      Except you in the face election night, please post it. Two losers, Harrison and Fraud.

  • Democrat candidates in 2022 are natural born losers

    October 21, 2022 at 9:43 am

    I’m a Democrat and except for Val Demings this is the absolute WORST set of candidates I’ve ever seen my party run. Charlie Crist is a loser and a fraud, the other statewide office seekers are complete jokes and the party is being led nationally by someone who got obliterated in his race just 2 years ago. The only ones worse was that moron who got creamed by Jeb Bush in 2002 and Hugh Rodham 2 losers right there. It’s not that the Republicans are great, they aren’t. A lot of the things said about Governor Desantis they are spot on. It’s just they run awful candidates or run awful campaigns or both

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