The Florida primaries have ended and the stage is set for the general election in November. The smoke has cleared and the path to victory for candidates is much clearer. They must find a way to separating themselves from their opponents and have the ability and resources to deliver their message to the electorate. For most campaigns this is when the “real” work starts. This is true for one Florida candidate in particular, Glo Smith. Mrs. Smith s the Republican nominee to run for the US House out of district five. Many people are under the impression that once a candidate wins a primary, the party then decides to support their nominee in the general election. Nothing could be further from the truth.
After the primary in district was settled Glo Smith waited all week for a call of congratulations from Republican leadership, none ever came. Smith finally called the state party to inform them of her win in the district 5 primary. But instead of getting a hardy congratulations and an “On to November!!” from state party officials she got the same old line Black Republicans running in minority districts always get, “We are not set to waste precious resources in a race we don’t think you can win.” It matter not that they ( the RPOF) has done no recent polling or have any inside data, they are going from “their gut” and what it ” seems” like. They have done no real work to judge if Glo Smith could actually unseat Corrine Brown.
It is a constant game played by the Republican party on Black Republican candidates They move the finish line. First they tell you they don’t participate in primaries, when everyone knows that they do. Then if you happen to when the primary or find yourself in the general election, they tell you that you can’t win. And what is sure is, that if you don’t get help you certainly can’t win. And cycle after cycle this self-fulfilling prophesy plays out.
Now the question in Florida is will the new leadership of RPOF play the same game as past leadership. Will they pay lip service to Black Republican candidates running in minority districts? Or, will they offer resources in an earnest attempt to win? We her at Florida Dash Support conservative candidates are hoping that Glo Smith wins the general election in November. We are also hoping that the Charlie Crist wing of the Republican Party of Florida won’t lead the push not to support their own candidate in the district 5 race.