Somewhere between 200-250 ardent Republicans and bevy of Republican politicians attended the Friday dusk rally for Atty. Gen. Charlie Crist – the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for Florida Governor.
The emcee was U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla. Short speeches were given by U.S. John McCain (possible GOP presidential candidate 2008); U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez; FL House Speaker Allan Bense,who is a possible running mate.
Some of the politicians and others at the rally: Sheriff Ron McNesby & his wife, state Rep. Holly Benson and her mom Lois Benson (ECUA board), state Rep. Dave Murzin, Esc. Co. Superintendent of Education Jim Paul, Asst Supdt. Ronnie Arnold, S.Rosa Property Appraiser Greg Brown, S. Rosa Co. Commissioners Don Salter and Bob Cole, state Sen. Durell Peaden, Pensacola City Councilmen P.C. Wu, Mike De Sorbo and Jack Nobles, Okaloosa Superintendent Don Gaetz, Nancy Fetterman – candidates Gene Valentino (Esc. Commission), Doug Waters (Esc. Co. School Board).
There was one humorous moment when a someone dressed in a chicken suit got on the Barkley House grounds with a sign that said, “Hey, Jeff Miller. Debate Joe Roberts”. Roberts is Miller’s Democratic challenger. This really isn’t an original ploy. This is blog revealed a similar stunt pulled in South Florida (see Why can’t our political races be like this one? )
Atty Jim Reeves (former State Rep. & Pensacola City Councilman) hosted a private party for Crist after the rally.