Kelly Benjamin Losing
I have thought of Kelly Benjamin as an attention whore since his pirate radio days. Benjamin was so incompetent as a campaign manager that Joe Redner fired him. When someone as lacking in campaign skills as Redner thinks Benjamin is bad then you know there is trouble. Unsurprisingly, Benjamin is having his ass handed to him by Charlie Miranda in the Tampa Council district 6 race.
in the District 6 raceeteran Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda continues to outdistance his sole challenger, Kelly Benjamin.
Including early and absentee votes, Miranda has 63 percent of the vote. Benjamin has 37 percent.
Progressives need to stop backing losers like Benjamin, Doug Tudor and Ed Turanchik. Mainstream voters find them weird. Benjamin once ran campaign for a strip club owner. Tudor bizarrely attacked fellow Democrat (who he wasn't running against) Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Turanchik has been a walking punchline with a record of not getting his insane ideas off-the-ground.
Newsflash to progressives: candidates like this will never win. The progressive base needs to push the Democratic establishment to the left. Republicans don't dare cross the tea party. Progressives need to instill that same level of fear in Democrats. Obama panders to the Chamber of Commerce because he believes progressives will fall in line in 2012. If Mitt Romney spoke to the SEIU the tea party movement would have his ass.
Progressives have a choice of backing goofy candidates with no choice of winning or fighting the Democratic establishment. The first option is guaranteed failure. The second option is the only choice progressives have.