|Attendees at the Hispanic Chamber's |
Political Hob Nob this week./ photo by Dilia Castillo
María T. Padilla
It was a decidedly progressive crowd at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Political Hob Nob this week in Orlando.
That's because –shock of shocks– Alan Grayson, one of the most liberal members of Congress, easily won the hob nob straw poll for District 9. Grayson surprised many at the sold-out event because he won not by a little, but by a lot: 90 votes versus 65 for his closest competitor, Peter Vivaldi. The results may have put to rest the Hispanic Chamber's image as a Republican hangout.
"Latinos want the same thing we want," said Derrick Wallace, candidate for Orange County Commission District 6, which is majority African American. District 6 is the locale for what is expected to be the Orlando area's last political hob nob on Saturday.
Poltical hob nobs have become effective fundraising tools for organizers and there have been many this political primary season, from Seminole to Osceola counties. Candidates use them as an opportunity to toot their horns. Although straw polls are not scientific, winning a straw poll gives pols crowing rights.
Other Democratic winners included gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who showed up
|Charlie Crist with running |
mate Annette Taddeo (far left)./ Maria Padilla
"Half of life is showing up," said state Sen. Darren Soto (D-14), who is running for re-election unopposed, echoing the words of Hollywood director Woody Allen.
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