Around the South for Apr. 19: FL, GA & FEC


Florida: Crist looks safe. US Rep. Charlie Crist (D), who won the 2016 election 52% to 48% against incumbent David Jolly, announced that he raised $450,000 in the 1st Quarter, leaving him with $2.1 million cash-on-hand. So far, only two little known Republicans, businessmen George Buck, an Army and Air Force veteran, and Brad Sostack, a Navy veteran, are running against him. Jolly declined a rerun, tweeting, [W]atching Pennsylvania, this is not the year to reenter politics.” ……. Georgia: Isakson’s opioid concerns are personal. In a third in a series on members of Congress who have felt the impact of the opioid crisis, The Hill interviewed US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R), whose grandson, Charley Joyner, died of a drug overdose in late 2016. Joyner was set to graduate from the University of Georgia summa cum laude with a major in math. He had struggled with addiction previously but had recovered. Then “[O]ne slip up, that one night before graduation, cost him his life.” Isakson said of Joyner, “He was just all those things that everybody would hope their kid would be. He just got mixed up with drugs.” ……. Federal Election Commission: The Hill newspaper, in an article on fundraising of US Senators up for reelection this year, included two Southern contests where Democrats outraised their Republican foes. In Tennessee, Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn (R) raised $2 million in the 1st quarter while former governor Phil Bredesen (D) raised $3.4 million. And in Texas, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R) raised $3.2 million in the 1st quarter, while his opponent, US Rep. Beto O’Rourke, brought in a whopping $6.7 million …….