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Corcoran Hires Fabrizio

Andrew Gillum lost his campaign manager.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
July 10, 2017, 10:52 a.m.

State Speak­er Richard Corcor­an (R) “has hired GOP strategist Tony Fab­riz­io for polling and the type of stra­tegic ad­vice he em­ployed in 2010 when he helped mas­ter­mind Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) sur­pris­ing win against the Re­pub­lic­an es­tab­lish­ment. … Fab­riz­io is be­ing paid through Corcor­an’s new Watch­dog PAC — an in­dic­a­tion that the House speak­er we’ll run for the state’s highest of­fice in 2018.”

Fab­riz­io has pre­vi­ously worked on pres­id­en­tial cam­paigns Pres­id­ent Trump, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), and Pat Buchanan; for former Sens. Con­nie Mack (R-FL), Alf­onse D’Am­ato (R-NY), and Bob Ben­nett (R-UT); “for former Govs. Bob Ri­ley (R) of Alabama, Tim Pawlenty (R) of Min­nesota and Mike Foster (R) of Louisi­ana,” and for Rep. Ron De­S­antis’s (R) 2016 Sen­ate bid.

“Though Flor­ida House speak­ers aren’t well-known, Corcor­an might be polling bet­ter than oth­er pre­de­cessors of his be­cause of his well-pub­li­cized squabbles with Scott.”

“In polls, Put­nam has slightly high­er name ID than Corcor­an, Fab­riz­io said. But about 60 per­cent of likely Re­pub­lic­an voters have no pref­er­ence in the race for gov­ernor.”

Fab­riz­io in an in­ter­view also slammed De­S­antis and state Ag­ri­cul­ture Com­mis­sion­er Adam Put­nam as a “con­ser­vat­ive talk­er” and “Bill Mc­Col­lum without the con­ser­vat­ive cre­den­tials,” re­spect­ively. (Politico)

DEMO-DRATS! Tal­l­a­hassee May­or An­drew Gil­lum’s (D) cam­paign an­nounced Fri­day “the de­par­ture of cam­paign man­ager Phil­lip Thompson.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Demo­crat)

“Gil­lum is try­ing to re­cruit” Josh Romero to run his cam­paign.

“Can­did­ates, com­mit­tees and parties face a dead­line today for fil­ing re­ports on cam­paign fin­ance activ­ity through June 30.” (Flor­ida Polit­ics)

“The European Uni­on is talk­ing about ban­ning U.S. or­ange juice im­ports if Don­ald Trump im­poses tar­iffs on steel im­ports, and” former Rep. Gwen Gra­ham (D) “jumped on the op­por­tun­ity to tie” state Ag­ri­cul­ture Com­mis­sion­er Adam Put­nam (R) to Pres­id­ent Trump. (Tampa Bay Times)

State Rep. Clo­vis Wat­son Jr. en­dorsed Gra­ham on Monday (re­lease)

“Demo­crats are strug­gling migh­tily to raise ser­i­ous money in their first com­pet­it­ive gubernat­ori­al primary in many years. Some of this prob­ably is re­lated to un­cer­tainty about per­son­al in­jury John Mor­gan’s po­ten­tial can­did­acy (a nice ex­cuse for donors to stay on the side­lines), and some of it due to a sense that the race has yet to really gel. … June is a tough time to raise cam­paign money in Flor­ida, es­pe­cially 70 weeks be­fore Elec­tion Day. Also, cam­paign fin­ance re­ports — the ‘hard dol­lar’ dona­tions of up to $3,000 for statewide can­did­ates — aren’t yet filed. But the abil­ity to raise soft money is cru­cial for a cam­paign that may ul­ti­mately cost $100 mil­lion, and the Demo­crats are off to a very tep­id start.” (Tampa Bay Times)

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