Taking names: 4 Orlando-area candidat...

Taking names: 4 Orlando-area candidates who've earned closer look

There are 15 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 26, 2008, titled Taking names: 4 Orlando-area candidates who've earned closer look. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

With the presidential guys making all the headlines, let's take a closer look at four local candidates -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- who haven't gotten as much attention, but deserve it.

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Bipartisan

Bound Brook, NJ

#1 Oct 26, 2008
Concerning the Sentinels agenda for Lonnie Thompson the one glaring item you have left off is that every local Democrat has endorsed Bryan Nelson. It is no suprise that the Sentinel who had a 33% endorsement to winner ratio in the general election is so out of touch. Bryan Nelson is Apopka and the North West Orange area. Life time resident, Florida Nelson Roses family, entire family lived and raised in the area. Wekiva State Park donated by his family. Apopka park Kit Land Nelson Park. When you are in a meeting with Representative Nelson you will find as many Democrats and Repulicans. Why because unlike the Sentinel, he is in touch with local community.
Very disapointing that the Sentinel pushes their agenda from the fogged up ivory tower.
So for the Thompson agenda backers, please respond with any local Democrats backing the Sentinels candidate. Of course the kiss of death for a candidate is the Sentinel Endorsement.
district 19 constituent

Kissimmee, FL

#2 Oct 26, 2008
i agree with bipartisan regarding the kiss of death for a candidate is the sentinel endorsement
infobabe

Orlando, FL

#3 Oct 26, 2008
I love journalists who have absolutely no knowledge or sense of economics -- good thing, too, as it applies to almost all journalists (know it alls that they are). The reason why it might make sense for Orlando to have a hotel tax less than the other cities you mentioned is that Orlando is far more dependent upon discretionary hotel visitors than the other cities cited. Not only are those cities less dependent upon the hospitality industry than ours is, in general, but the type of hotel visitor in Atlanta, Boston, etc., is different than ours (typically). Our hotels are rented to people who by and large don't have to come to Orlando and who have other vacation choices. I know -- what's a few pennies here and ther, right? Trouble is, that if everyone has that attitude -- Disney in setting its admission prices; OIA in setting rates it charges taxis, airlines, etc.; governments in setting taxes on rental cars, highway tolls, room taxes, and so on -- one of these days, we might wake up and wonder why no one is showing up. It might be more interesting to compare the room taxes in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Myrtle Beach, Caribbean destinations. Do these columnists ever think or do they believe decisions are made in the same vacuum in which they apparently exist?
Lonnie Thompson

Kissimmee, FL

#4 Oct 26, 2008
Bipartisan

I appreciate the contributions the Nelson family has made to Apopka, but the residents of Maitland, Ocoee, Orlando, Winter Garden, and Winter Park also deserve representation and lower insurance rates, which Nelson won't work for since he has taken $40,000 from insurance companies, agents, and lobbyists. A lot of those checks are from Tallahassee and South Florida, not from Apopka like the "Hometown" guy. I have no agenda,which is evident by lack of special interests in my campaign.

Lonnie Thompson,
Apopka resident and Candidate for State House, District 38, who wants to represent all the residents of the district.

“You Asked For It”

Since: Nov 07

Rossevelt Roads Naval Base

#5 Oct 26, 2008
Scott....why is the Slantinel and you not labeling Belinda Ortiz like they did Alex Lamour as the perennial candidate? She will run for anything! I am not a fan of Gary but this weasel can out maneuver anything thrown at him, About Belinda well, at least she is easy on the eyes (what a Babe)! But I am not encourage or exited by neither!
Bipartisan

Bound Brook, NJ

#6 Oct 26, 2008
Thank you for the nice reply. A couple of simple nice questions also.

1. How long have you lived in the district?

2. I noted your endorsements. On your website you only list non local endorsements. So please let us know what local elected officials are endorsing you.

3. According to your financial giving report, your funds come from either yourself or outside of the district givers. So who locally is supporting you? You seemed to miss the fact in your reply that the bulk of Mr. Nelson support is from the district, in fact a higher percentage than yours. Including most of the local elected Democratic officials.

Lonnie, if you have the support of the non Apopka area, it is a simple request for you to simply reply with who. This article was about the Sentinel, not the West Orange Times or Apopka Chief, again not knowing anything about the local area and them pushing their agenda. To look at your report, and endorsements it would appear that you are simply a candidate who is backed by outside of the district interests, who has never held any local office or elected position.

Florida Sierra Club

From Lonnie Thompson Website:
Florida AFL-CIO
Sheetmetal Workers
Laborers International Local 517
IBEW Local 606
IATSE Local 631
Orlando Sentinel
Orange County Classroom Teachers Association
Florida Consumer Action Network
Central Florida AFL-CIO
Thompson for 38

Kissimmee, FL

#7 Oct 26, 2008
Mr. Thompson has been endorsed by both Democrat and Republican elected officials; and candidates who will soon be elected officials - rest assured. In addition, this election is about change. It is about electing people who care about all the residents of Florida and who have broad support. It is not about Mr. Thompson or Mr. Nelson, so I am not sure what endorsements have to do with who will serve the people better. Mr. Nelson failed to get ONE bill passed in 2 years with his party in the majority. That is telling itself. A nice guy, but not a good leader.
Real World

United States

#8 Oct 26, 2008
Re the comment that a House District should be taken away from South Florida because they can't seem to elect someone who isn't sleazy: this isn't even remotely funny, Scott.

Few normal people have the money or stomach to subject themselves to a elective race anymore, so a particular type of person is more and more drawn to elective office. That person is someone who seems to believe that normal 'rules' don't apply to him.

(I use 'him' because right now that seems to be dominant. If we get some of those predatory female teachers running for office, it will be the same thing.)

Maybe if we could ratchett back some of the nastiness of political campaigns, we could see different types of candidates. It is not always the fault of the voter that we get no one of value running for office.

When ordinary, unknown types step up, they are ignored by the organized political party insiders and the news industry. The 'citizen statesman' doesn't get a hearing. What's left - those who see elective office as a place to personally profit, whether with unpaid gifts (Ted Stevens?) or the kinds of attentions that movie stars attract. Not a pretty picture for our future.
Bipartisan

Bound Brook, NJ

#9 Oct 26, 2008
Lonnie Thompson,

I am sorry if my request was too long or complicated. I appreciate your honest response that no local elected official has endorsed you, from either party. In addition outside of your own loans, all of your contributions are from your state pacs listed on your site. I also appreciate that you did not try to cover up that you have not been a part of the district and are in fact new to the district.

So if I may ask. Since no local official from any town in the district backs you and since you have never served on any board or as an official. Which of the statewide pacs recruited you to run for this seat? Was the Sentinel involved in recruiting you for this position?

Also since you are running for the seat. Could you please state who was the first person to be elected as state representative?

Thanks for your input.
Me the voter

Windermere, FL

#10 Oct 27, 2008
Dark Avenger wrote:
Scott....why is the Slantinel and you not labeling Belinda Ortiz like they did Alex Lamour as the perennial candidate? She will run for anything! I am not a fan of Gary but this weasel can out maneuver anything thrown at him, About Belinda well, at least she is easy on the eyes (what a Babe)! But I am not encourage or exited by neither!
Belinda Ortiz is not anyone who would ever get my vote. She has shown bad behavior! She has been out campaigning in Osceola County for another candidate showing she has no class and no morals. She has shown poor judgement! I do not want someone with such poor judgement representing me in Tallahassee.

Belinda Ortiz=Bad Behavior
Larry

United States

#11 Oct 27, 2008
Both need to be kicked into jail and never be allowed to see the light of day again.
Pepe

Hollywood, FL

#12 Oct 27, 2008
Noticed that sentinel does not have outlet to vent voters reaction to a question that was asked by your reporter in regards to Marxism. So in desperation I wrote my comments here after trying to respond to this interview directly to Ms. West. Please inform your readers where she can be reached for comments. I tried and tried but I now realize that you are hiding her, Well you should! The question was beyond the scope of logic. Your viewers should flip the channel in protest and I assure you many will. Ms. West will get a nice job at FOX as a contributor and this type of innuendo will help Senator Obama bring out the vote up and down I-4. Please Sir ,print a copy of this response and provide it to MS, West. I can assure you that her analysis that most of the responses to her question was positive feedback it a LIE. I tried my best to write this directly to Ms. West but somehow its impossible. You need to stop hiding and live up to your journalistic responsibilities. [email protected]
BarbarasBiggestF an

Oviedo, FL

#13 Oct 28, 2008
Pepe wrote:
Noticed that sentinel does not have outlet to vent voters reaction to a question that was asked by your reporter in regards to Marxism. So in desperation I wrote my comments here after trying to respond to this interview directly to Ms. West. Please inform your readers where she can be reached for comments. I tried and tried but I now realize that you are hiding her, Well you should! The question was beyond the scope of logic. Your viewers should flip the channel in protest and I assure you many will. Ms. West will get a nice job at FOX as a contributor and this type of innuendo will help Senator Obama bring out the vote up and down I-4. Please Sir ,print a copy of this response and provide it to MS, West. I can assure you that her analysis that most of the responses to her question was positive feedback it a LIE. I tried my best to write this directly to Ms. West but somehow its impossible. You need to stop hiding and live up to your journalistic responsibilities. [email protected]
That's funny pepe. Cause, from where I sit - I think Barbara is the ONLY reporter in this entire country who FINALLY asked the question that we've all been wondering. And, DIDN'T GET ANSWERED. When all else fails Biden - call 'em absurd. I hope that works on foreign relations. But I'm thinking the eye-roll & "absurd" talk wont have any effect on Iran, Israel, etc.
Mabel

Daytona Beach, FL

#14 Oct 28, 2008
Dr. Blythe and Sen. Posey were asked the following question: If it came down to breaking a tie in the electoral college, would you vote your conscience or would your vote reflect how the voters in your district voted? Sen Posey said his conscience (i.e., party line)- Dr. Blythe said as the voters he represents had voted. Made up my mind right then and there to support Dr. Blythe.
Bipartisan

Islandia, NY

#15 Nov 5, 2008
25%
Congratulations to the Sentinel for their stunning ability to endorse 4 people and 1 actually winning. The long time incumbent. Correct a whopping 1 out of 4.
Trully the kiss of death is the Sentinel endorsement.
When such non-viable candidates get their hopes up because someone noticed them, then to have their hopes hit as low as the Sentinels balance sheet, it is a shame.
But then again that is what is so consistent about the Sentinel. They are wrong 75% of the time.

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