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Political Note #298   Adam Hattersley FL CD 15

2020               General Election

Are sports good preparation for politics?  Texas and Ohio have former NFL football players as members of Congress. Minnesota has an ex NHL hockey player.  Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning was a Senator for Kentucky.  Any gymnasts?

Adam Hattersley would be one.  A member of the University of Michigan’s 1999 NCAA championship gymnast team, he is one of only four judges in Florida certified to judge events Federation Internationale de Gymnastique events.

What are gymnasts good at? Strength, balance, flexibility for a start.  Gymnasts, like all athletes, get nowhere without persistence. It is an individual sport, but competitions are in teams. Working with teammates is an element of success.  Add collegiality.

Adam Hattersley was at the University of Michigan as a student as well as a gymnast.  He earned a BSE and an MSE in aerospace engineering.  He took his skills to the navy and served as an officer on a Nuclear Submarine. After his years on the submarine, he was an instructor in electrical engineering at the US Naval Academy.  Add intelligence for Adam Hattersley.

He was not particularly political.  He registered as an independent.  He got out of the navy and worked as a resource manager for Granite Services, International, a business that provides technical support to power generating company, much of it to General Electric.  For Adam Hattersley, technical support was for nuclear power, presumably.

Adam Hattersley left Granite Services in 2016.  Set up his own small business and, in 2018, ran for state representative.  You might think he was in politics to support nuclear power.  It did not seem that way.  He is proud of a bipartisan bill that improved mental health care for veterans. He advocated for a sexual assault survivor bill of rights, for disabled first responders, and for endangered species in Florida.  He was also an advocate for the LGBTQ community.

In his campaign for Congress, Adam Hattersley emphasizes his commitment to a $15 per hour minimum wage and his ties to unions, his commitment to veterans (he notes that he earned a bronze star during his service), his commitment to universal access to high quality medical care (and a public option for insurance rather than Medicare for All).  He targets climate change, the increase in strange and severe weather – particularly noting for his Floridian constituents, the increasingly dangerous hurricanes and sea level rise.  He says we should abandon old fashioned, dirty energy sources.  Is that a pitch for nuclear energy?  He says he is pitching to ensure that climate change is not irreversible.

Until 2018, Republicans won every election but one for FL 15 in the 21st century by double digits, some of the elections by more than 20 points.  Ross Spano, the Republican incumbent won by six points.  He did so badly because of campaign finance controversies.  He lent his campaign $100,000 after filing financial disclosures which suggested he didn’t have $100,000 to his name.  Since his election his vulnerabilities have only gotten worse.  He has acknowledged that he may have violated campaign laws.  The Justice Department has indicated it is conducting a criminal investigation.

Adam Hattersley has had competition for the Democratic nomination.  He  demonstrated those gymnastic skills of strength, balance, flexibility as well as persistence, collegiality, and intelligence.  He appears to have dispatched his two two serious opponents.  He outraised one of them.  He started the month of April with 2 ½ times the money of his only remaining serious opponent.  The other opponent?  He made a deal, with the support of the DCCC.  Adam Hattersley would run for Congress, the opponent would run for Adam Hattersley’s old seat in the Florida House of Representatives.

Did Adam Hattersley pick the right incumbent to run against?  He started April with just about as much campaign money as the incumbent.  So did the incumbent’s primary opponent.  Defeating the primary opponent might be a little tougher than defeating the incumbent Ross Spano.  Help Adam Hattersley be prepared for a tough general election campaign.  Help him flip one more Republican Congressional seat.

Strong and balanced, flexible and persevering, collegial and smart, he brings good qualities to this campaign.  Adam Hattersley brings some experience in promotions as well.  He and his wife own and run C-Suite Promotions, selling promotional products and coordinating promotional activity for businesses.  He can win with your support.

 Below are Congressional seats Democrats are trying to flip from incumbent Republicans.  The ones with asterisks ran in 2018* In 2018, Democrats flipped 40 Republican seats in the House.  Let’s flip 20 more.


Alaska AL                         Alyce Galvin* to defeat incumbent Don Young

Arizona 06                        Hiral Tipirneni* to defeat incumbent David Schweikert

Arkansas 02.                    Joyce Elliott to defeat incumbent French Hill

California 25.                    Christy Smith to defeat incumbent Mike Garcia who won the May special election.

California 50                     Ammar Campa-Hajjar* to win this now open Rep seat

Florida 15                         Adam Hattersley to defeat incumbent Ross Spano

Florida 16                         Margaret Good to defeat incumbent Vern Buchanan

Illinois 13                          Betsy Dirksen Londrigen* to defeat incumbent Rodney Davis

Indiana 05                        Christina Hale to win this open Republican seat

Iowa 04                            JD Scholten* to win this open seat

Kansas 02                        Michelle De La Isla to defeat incumbent Steve Watkins

Michigan 03.                    Hillary Scholten to win this open seat

Michigan 06                     Jon Hoadley to defeat incumbent Fred Upton

Minnesota 01                   Dan Feehan* to defeat incumbent Jim Hagedorn

Missouri 02                      Jill Schupp to defeat incumbent Ann Wagner

Montana AL                     Kathleen Williams* to win this open Republican seat

Nebraska 02.                   Kara Eastman to defeat incumbent Don Bacon

New York 02                    Jackie Gordon to win this open Republican seat

New York 21                    Tedra Cobb* to defeat incumbent Elise Stefanic

New York 24                    Dana Balter* to defeat incumbent John Katko

North Carolina 09.           Cynthia Wallace to defeat incumbent Dan Bishop

Pennsylvania 01              Christina Finello to defeat incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick

Pennsylvania 10              Eugene DePasquale to defeat incumbent Scott Perry

Texas 02                         Sima Ladjervardian to defeat incumbent Dan Crenshaw

Texas 21                         Wendy Davis to defeat incumbent Chip Roy

Texas 22                         Sri Preston Kalkuri to win this open Republican seat

Texas 23                          Gina Ortiz Jones* to win this open Republican seat

Texas 24                          Kim Olson to win this open Republican seat

Washington 03                 Carolyn Long* to defeat incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler

Wisconsin 07                   Tricia Zunker to defeat incumbent Tom Tiffany who won the May Special Election