Sunday, April 27, 2014

District 2 Commission Candidate Rejects "Two-Man Race" Column: Cites Polling Data

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – County Commission District 2 candidate Ron Taylor is disputing claims made in a recent Brevard Times opinion column that the race is a two-man contest between his opponents –Jim Barfield and Michael Hartman.

Charles Parker Opinion Column

In an email, Taylor said his polling suggests otherwise, noting, “(a) poll completed on April 17, two days before the Tea Party Event shows a very different story than the Tea Party Poll. This poll was conducted across all of District 2 and even breaks down the district into 9 key geographical areas.

“Although (the) headline declared it a two man race, it is not a two man race and I have provided the polling data to back up my claim. Our campaign team includes regular Republican guys and gals, homeowners, and small business owners, who are fiscal conservatives. And even some Tea Party members. We have built an effective ground game that is broad-based and competitive with Hartman’s Tea Party team. And we have sufficient campaign resources to match both Barfield’s personal donations and high profile donors.”

The confidential poll results, which Taylor shared exclusively with Brevard Times, show Taylor, Hartman, and Barfield in a statistical tie – with about 2/3 of voters undecided.

Tim Harber, a fourth candidate in the race, was not part of the polling, which was conducted by Gravis Marketing, a non-partisan research firm headquartered in Florida.

Barfield responded about his status in the race, “I am happy with where my campaign is today.  We continue to build support everyday throughout Brevard County and our volunteers are dedicated to the campaign's success.”

Hartman, as well, said, "In my opinion, Mr. Parker's previous column stuck to the facts about Jim Barfield and myself. In relating the facts, he noted the differences between Jim and myself as to how we would conduct ourselves if elected District 2 Commissioner. I believe his previous column provided many pertinent facts that will assist the voters in making an informed choice in the upcoming election."

Harber, who was not mentioned in the opinion column, said, “I think we still have a long way to go before calling the race.  Some of the candidates have made statements that are not based in reality and some wish to live with the status quo.

“I have a very large Realtor community behind me.  3800 plus members who have been waiting for the right time.  I think if you attend this week’s Commission meeting you will see what we are capable of doing.”

 

 

10 comments:

  1. My experience with polling data is that the details have to be disclosed before it is considered credible. I am not accusing Mr. Taylor of deception, but he should disclose the company who did the poll, the methodology, sample size, questions asked. The methodology defines the population sampled and the validity (neutrality) of the scientific sample.

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  2. Peter, all that information has been disclosed confidentially to Mr. Parker and he has divulged the Company that did the poll in his article. They are quite reputable. You may research them if you wish. The results are real, Peter. Fasten your seat belt, We are in for one Donny Brook of an election.

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    1. Thanks, Ron.

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    2. "...Donny Brook of an election."

      I don't see it. Seems like a two man race to me with Hartman in the lead by a long shot.

      Wishful thinking on your part.

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    3. You live in a world of mirrors. Hartman doesn't stand a chance.

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    4. Do you have to be a moron to be on the Brevard County commission? Sorry to ask, I don't want to start a donnybrook. LEARN TO
      SPELL NITWIT.

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    5. Sorry, I should have said, LEARN TO SPELL, NITWIT.

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  3. Hartman has already won1

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    1. Go back into your cage and drink your Hartman Kool Aid. You've been hustled by a scam artist.

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  4. Donny Brook of an election."

    I don't see it. Seems like a two man race to me with Hartman in the lead by a long shot.

    Says who" The tea party poll?

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