Donald Trump‘s campaign has yet to open field offices in #Florida while Hillary Clinton has dozens, but Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach told party activists Thursday night the Clinton camp and its allies need to invest more in “ground game” activities in the Sunshine State rather than pouring money into TV ads.
Hastings held forth in fiery fashion on a variety of topics at a Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee meeting Thursday night west of Delray Beach.
&8220;I hope 10 Zika mosquitoes bite Rick #Scott,&8221; Hastings said at one point of Florida&8217;s Republican governor.
He blasted Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for not returning his calls about getting a congressional medal to honor Lena Horne and said &8220;I will go all over this state and talk about his ass as a result.&8221;
Hastings noted approvingly that a local Democratic activist had spoken earlier in the evening about increasing absentee ballot efforts.
&8220;To date, the Clinton campaign has spent $22.3 million on television (in Florida) — $22.3 million,&8221; Hastings said. &8220;You give me and Terri (Rizzo, the county Democratic chairwoman) and the Democratic Executive Committee of Palm Beach County and the other DECs around the state – you give us $22 million and I’ll produce more votes for you than a damn television ad.&8221;
Hastings, who turns 80 this month, said TV doesn&8217;t reach young voters.
&8220;What’s wrong with us people?&8221; Hastings said. &8220;We got that big old beach over there. And all you have to do is get some liquor and some punk rockers and some rappers and you’ll have all the kids you ever needed. But our old fogy behinds, we continue to not do the things that are necessary. Most of you in here don’t even know what Pandora is. That’s where kids can be found. They hunker down on weekends on social media. They don’t look at MSNBC and Fox and ABC. They don’t get their news that way. What does it take to get that across to all of these candidates and campaigns?