Buffett cuts video supporting two Amendments

From Saint Peters Blog: “Jimmy Buffett cuts video explaining why he supports Amendments 1 & 2

Singer and Florida-lifestyle entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett took to YouTube today to explain why he supports both Amendment 1, the Environmental Land Conservation proposal, and Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana.

In the three-minute video, Buffett points out that election time in Florida means “anything could happen.”

In his support of the two amendments, which he calls “interesting and vital propositions,” he says that both could “affect the quality of life in the Sunshine State.”

Amendment 1 preserves the heart of Florida’s existence, he says, giving voters a “direct opportunity to protect our rivers, springs and beaches,” as well sources of drinking water — without raising taxes.

“We all deserve to live in the best Florida possible,” Buffett says. “And it is the treasure we need to preserve for future generations.”

Quoting Carl Hiaasen’s fictional former Florida Governor Clinton Tyree, he adds: “There’s no better place to be than the middle of nowhere.”

Amendment 1 will ensure there is “a lot of nowhere in Florida,” he says.

As for Amendment 2, Buffett cites the 82 percent of supporters who approve of the legalization of medical marijuana.

“It’s good medicine, and I know,” he says, referring to the time he was severely injured walking offstage in Australia. Medical marijuana played a role in his recovery.

“Proposition 1 is good medicine for Florida. Proposition 2 is just good medicine.”

Buffett rallies voters for Gwen Graham

From Tallahassee.com: “Buffett rallies Tallahassee voters as early numbers come in

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought some beach-filled flair to congressional candidate Gwen Graham’s campaign Wednesday.

Less than a week until the Nov. 4 General Election, the over-40 victim of fate fired up a Hawaiian-shirt and lei-festooned crowd of more than 500 in Tallahassee.

“It’s pretty simple, enemy of the ocean or the great Gwen Graham,” Buffett said standing with Graham and her father Bob Graham before playing. “A great Florida family of public servants and that’s why I’m here.”

Graham faces Rep. Steve Southerland R-Panama City to represent Florida’s 2nd Congressional District in what has become one of the nation’s most heated House races. Southerland is seeking his third term.

Buffett, who dropped several Graham references into his songs Wednesday, is the latest in a list of stars tapped by Graham’s campaign for support and to encourage early voting in the closing weeks. With early voting numbers already being analyzed the race has only gotten hotter.

Also a Video is available at WCTV: “Buffett Backs Congressional Candidate

Buffett to perform at campaign rally for Gwen Graham

From the Miami Herald blog: Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett plans to hold an Oct. 29 get-out-the-vote rally for Democrat Gwen Graham in her effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland.

Buffett is set to perform “a short acoustic set with his friend Mac McAnally” and tout Graham’s candidacy, according to a press release. More details are forthcoming about the time, location and ticket availability.

From the free media exposure to voter mobilization to fundraising, Buffett’s appearance for Graham is the type of star-power help most candidates dream about. Polling indicates the race between her and Southerland is tight in Congressional District 2, which stretches from the Tallahassee area to Panama City.

The “Margaritaville” singer has been friends with the Graham family for decades. Buffett founded the Save the Manatees advocacy group in 1981 with then-Gov. Bob Graham, the candidate’s father.

Last month, Buffett was spotted in Tallahassee dining at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee with lobbyists Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Patrick Biehl. They represent Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings.

Buffett to perform at Patrick Murphy fundraiser

From TCPalm.com: “Jimmy Buffett performing Sunday at Murphy fundraising event

Jimmy Buffett, who is known for his political activism as well as his music, is performing Sunday at a fundraising event for Democratic Congressional candidate Patrick Murphy.

The intimate concert will be at a private home in Palm City. Only 200 tickets at $100 each will be sold along with VIP tickets for $2,500, which include a preconcert reception and photo with Jimmy Buffett. Tickets sales support The Friends of Patrick Murphy.

This is not the first time Buffett has campaigned for the Democratic Party in the last two months.

At an event for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson last month in Orlando, Buffett sang acoustical versions of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Margaritaville” in a hangar at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

Buffet, a long time conservationist, supports Murphy’s view on the environmental issues.

“Mr. Buffett offered to do the concert,” said Erin Moffett, a spokeswoman for Murphy’s campaign.