Last Call for 5.16.18 – A prime-time read of what's going down in Florida politics – Florida Politics (blog)
Last Call – A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
Supporters of the proposed ban on greyhound racing have landed a top dog: Republican political consultant and lobbyist Marc Reichelderfer has joined the team.
Reichelderfer, president of Landmarc Strategies, will serve as a Senior Advisor to the “Protect Dogs–Yes on 13” campaign, the organization announced Wednesday.
He’s worked for a bevy of Florida lawmakers, including former Sen. and now FSU president John Thrasher and Sen. Aaron Bean, to name two. And he was the “resident guru” on Attorney General Pam Bondi’s 2014 re-election campaign.
Bondi, a member of the 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission, supports Amendment 13, which would outlaw the racing of dogs and wagering on such races. Amendments need at least 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution.
“There are few big races that this guy is not somehow a part of,” SaintPetersblog once wrote of Reichelderfer.
“This is long overdue,” Reichelderfer said in a statement. “We have seen overwhelming support from voters wanting to end dog racing. I’ve been a part of the effort to protect greyhounds in Florida for nearly 20 years. It’s exciting to be a part of this winning campaign.”
The campaign also announced it had chosen Deno Seder Productions of Maryland for its “media production, strategic counsel, and messaging.” The firm has worked on successful animal welfare campaigns and ballot measures in 11 states, including a 2008 initiative that outlawed greyhound racing in Massachusetts.
Earlier this month, the campaign said it had hired the firm of Trippi Norton Rossmeissl. The Democratic-aligned team worked on Doug Jones’ U.S. Senate victory in Alabama, the “first Democrat to win the U.S. Senate in Alabama in 25 years,” the group