On the eve of the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District (Pinellas County), the news media is up to their old tricks yet again.
The Fox News Affiliate in the Tampa Bay area (Fox News 13) intentionally spliced a photo leaving out Libertarian Candidate Lucas Overby, the candidate favored to win that special election on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. The article that accompanied the altered photo, was equally misleading, mentioning Lucas Overby only once during the entire article. You can view the article and altered photo here.
This problem is symptomatic of today’s news media, be it print or video, and often has a powerful effect on how ordinary voters view an issue or political race. And the news media is complicit in this intentional dishonesty.
Thank goodness Lucas Overby has been traveling District 13 for over a year and the voters know him well. His campaign has targeted disaffected voters as well as voters who have yet to turn in their absentee ballots. And the internal numbers coming from the campaign itself look awfully good.
A large push near the end of the campaign has really boosted his numbers. Libertarians from across the country (including myself) have pitched in and made phone calls for the Overby Campaign, speaking with Pinellas County residents and encouraging them to cast their vote for Overby on March 11th. The response has been phenomenal.
While the Sink (D) and Jolly (R) campaigns have been slinging mud since the special election was called by Governor Rick Scott, Lucas Overby has been spreading his positive message across the district.
Both Sink and Jolly have become increasingly worried about their standing in this special election, even going so far as to hide from their constituents by not attending forums and debates where they will have to face Lucas Overby.
If Lucas Overby wins on Tuesday, everyone wins. Not just the residents of District 13. Everyone. This win will open the door for Libertarians everywhere. And finally the people will be represented in Washington, D.C.
And if you live in Pinellas County, be sure to vote on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014!!!