14 April 2005

Strippers for Smith

The campaign for Florida Governor is already heading in the direction that the news media wants - the race for sleaze. No longer do journalists find interest in publishing stories about issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians. That doesn't get ratings nor does it sell newspapers. So get ready for tabloid reporting on the race to replace our state's chief executive.

Today, the Gainesville Sun reported that Senator Rod Smith received $4,500.00 in campaign contributions from strip clubs. Nine separate checks of $500 each, the maximum amount that may be contributed under state law, were made by Jerry Sullivan, owner of numerous gentlemen's clubs around the state including Cafe Risque. Sullivan's Cafe Risque, which is located off the I-75 in Micanopy, is widely known because of its prevocative "We Bare All" billboards.

Smith was not aware of the contributions, and he did not solicit them. His campaign promptly returned the checks, because the senator "wasn't comfortable." According to Smith's daughter, who handles the campaign's finances, "We sent the checks right back."

The Smith issue is really a non-issue, but it shows how we should expect the news media to cover this campaign. It is destined to be a mega sleaze-fest. Considering that among those expected to run for governor, we have two candidates who are rumored to be closet homosexuals and another who is rumored to be a serial adulterer, the people of Florida should get ready for election reporting lacking of issues and overflowing with sleaze.


Blogger Mike said...

The article could just as easily be seen as praising him for returning the money even though nobody told him to. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Sounds like a good, smart thing to do.

But because he returned it without anybody told him to, it's a non-story. I assume the only reason they printed it is b/c it's Gainesville, where Smith is from.

Plus, I guess they thought it was a "fun" (and easy) story to write.

2:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope. It was a vain attempt at "gotcha" journalism that failed miserably.

4:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well then in that case, I agree.

6:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as far as one serial adulterer, is it maddox or gallagher? both are considered to be bad.

11:43:00 AM  

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