Florida Democrats promoting pot for votes

Posted Apr 14, 2014 by Larry Clifton
According to national polls, as many as 10 Senate seats held by the Democrats are considered tossups, and Republicans need only win six of them to take the Senate in November.
File photo: A grouping of marijuana buds.
File photo: A grouping of marijuana buds.
Meanwhile, The Democrat Party believes pot will get its candidates higher numbers than policy in elections.
With the Obama administration’s foreign policy in chaos, insurance premium proposals set to show dramatic increases before November and the economy still crawling along at a snail’s pace, Democrats admit their campaigns are going to pot, literally.
Democratic National Committee operatives in Florida, the nation’s largest swing-state, hope that a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana being pushed by its candidates will attract youthful voters in November. Florida would be the first state in the South to legalize pot and Democrats are stoked.
The DNC hopes that marrying their candidates to the pot measure which has widespread public support will provide a political smokescreen for candidates in upcoming midterm elections.
Democrat leaders are not concerned that their efforts to sell pot will go up in smoke. Instead, Democrats are using the medical marijuana issue as an inoculation against too much exposure to political plagues like Obamacare and a chronically anemic economy.
In Florida, Democrats hope a constitutional amendment to legalize (medical) pot will excite young voters enough to return Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist to the governor’s mansion this year.
However, Crist was crushed by Republican Marc Rubio in his 2012 bid to become Florida’s junior senator. Pundits say Crist’s campaign may need to do more than bogart the marijuana issue if he expects to blitz Republican governor Rick Scott.
While the Democrats only have a handful of competitive House seats in Florida, political analysts will inhale Florida’s gubernatorial election results in November to see if putting pot on the ballot was good medicine or a bad trip for Democrats.
Recently, Colorado and Washington, states where medical marijuana was in play, saw a bump in the typically low-turnout youth vote. Since then, organizers of the medical marijuana effort have announced plans to spend $10 million promoting legalization of marijuana, focusing on registering absentee voters.
“We want to be able to have our stereotypical, lazy pothead voters to be able to vote from their couch,” said Ben Pollara, a Democratic fundraiser and campaign manager for the United for Care group, which also plans to get voters to the polls on Election Day.
However Republicans argue that Democrats do not have a clear-cut advantage with stereotypical lazy pothead voters since public polling shows an overwhelming majority of GOP voters in Florida supported legalizing pot.
Nevertheless, should Charlie Crist edge out Rick Scott in Florida, expect Democrats to sell a lot of pot in their 2016 national campaigns.