Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Breaking News
Win $3,300 On National Cheeseburger Day?! Posted 1 year 4 months ago
Lipstick On A Pig: Everglades SB10 Stinks Posted 1 year 11 months ago
Be Santa To A Senior This Holiday Season Posted 2 years 1 month ago
Septic Is Ruining Our State Posted 2 years 2 months ago
Stardustlounge Is Going Downhill Posted 2 years 3 months ago
Central Florida's Best Political Reporters Posted 2 years 3 months ago
Dropoff Expands Same-Day Delivery To Orlando Posted 2 years 3 months ago
How 9/11 Reshaped My Generation Posted 2 years 4 months ago
LGBT Group Embraces Guns After Orlando Posted 2 years 4 months ago
Hulaween 2016 Lineup: So Good It's Spooky! Posted 2 years 5 months ago
Apartment Living Near Lake Nona Posted 2 years 7 months ago
The Bell Tolls For Teresa Jacobs Posted 4 years 12 months ago
5 Reasons To Buy Fiesta Bowl Tix From UCF Posted 5 years 1 month ago
Con Artist; Mom & Doc Knew Best Posted 5 years 1 month ago
Pantless Pervert Terrorizes UCF Campus Posted 5 years 1 month ago
Sheriff Grady Judd's Dirty Laundry Posted 5 years 1 month ago
Obama Homeless Czar Visits Central Florida Posted 5 years 2 months ago
I <3 Radio? Nope, iHateRadio Posted 5 years 2 months ago
Post Divorce' Soiree Posted 5 years 2 months ago
What's What With What'sit Records Posted 5 years 2 months ago
Grayson Opponent Launches #GGG Moneybomb Posted 5 years 3 months ago
RICK SCOTT INCHES AHEAD Posted 5 years 3 months ago
Local Actress Croix Provence Flourishes Posted 5 years 3 months ago
"Dark Horse" Candidate Enters District 4 Race Posted 5 years 3 months ago
Orlando's Biggest Yard Sale Posted 5 years 3 months ago
Scott Chief Of Staff Approved Gator Hunt Posted 5 years 3 months ago
Stepping Up Your Game Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Giveaway Contest - New Resume, New Career Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Airport Politics - Will Hypocrisy Prevail? Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Event Plug - Avalon Ladies Night Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Life With MS - Dr. Mark Cascione Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Local Focus - Ready INC Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Best Of Orlando 2013.....So Far Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Why I Loved Miley Cyrus's VMA Performance Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Lobby Filing Raises Questions Posted 5 years 4 months ago
Marketing Tips From A 10 Year Old Posted 5 years 5 months ago
What The People Want - Sela Dors Posted 5 years 5 months ago
What's What - Downtown Orlando Fashion Week Posted 5 years 5 months ago
SHOUT OUT - Bimini SuperFast Posted 5 years 5 months ago
Just A Minute, Mr. Morgan Posted 5 years 5 months ago
Lost Sales Leads - 4 Common Problems Posted 5 years 6 months ago
New Book Reveals Ford In JFK Cover Up Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Orlando To Limit Food Truck Operations Posted 5 years 7 months ago
First 4 Steps In Starting A Workout Posted 5 years 7 months ago
"The Room" - Christopher Lee Posted 5 years 7 months ago
East Orlando Moms RUN This Town Posted 5 years 7 months ago
"42" Is More Than A Sports Story Posted 5 years 7 months ago
The Post Reviews "The Purge" Posted 5 years 7 months ago
The Post Reviews "After Earth" Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Got Issues? Maybe You Need A Life Coach Posted 5 years 7 months ago
So How Good Was The Postal Service? Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Tropical Update - Tropical Storm Andrea Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Hurricane Guide #1 - Before The Storm Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Tropical Update #1 - Something To Watch Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Shane's Music Run Down Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Tips For Your Small Business Website Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Our Take: Pioneers Western Kitchen Posted 5 years 7 months ago
The DL On Facebook's "Edgerank" System Posted 5 years 7 months ago
Lessons From My Favorite Neighbor Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Summer Camps 2013 - Gusso Golf Academy Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Post Reviews "Star Trek Into Darkness" Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Post Reviews "Disconnect" Posted 5 years 8 months ago
A Letter From Mom On Love & 2nd Amendment Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Summer Camp Guide 2013 Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Post Reviews "Oblivion" Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Bright Side Of Sunscreen Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Summer Camps 2013 - MBS Training Club Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Weekly Baking Tip - Continuity Is Key Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Killers: Battle Born Tour Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Green Smoothie Craze Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Florida Legislature Must Be Stoned Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Post Reviews "Iron Man 3" Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Eight UCF Players Added To NFL Rosters Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Stone's Rules - Bribe The Maitre D' Posted 5 years 8 months ago
Our Take: Hash House A Go Go Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Post Reviews "42" Posted 5 years 8 months ago
The Post Reviews "Hemlock Grove" Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Tilt For Distance Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Getting Fit While Being Fat Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Secret To Aging Well Is Not So Secret Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Lenders Loosen Up On Home Loans Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Home Based Businesses Can Work Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Post Reviews "The ABCs of Death" Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Bong Bill Advocates Must Be High Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Local Product Selected In WNBA Draft Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Branding 101 - Repetition is Key Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Chipping Like A Pro Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Potential Bomb Scare On East Colonial BP Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Why Am I Doing This? Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Stone's Rules - Nice Guys In Politics Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Shout Out - All From Scratch Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Post Reviews "Hannibal" Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Massage Is More Than A Spa Treatment Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Our Take: 100 Montaditos Posted 5 years 9 months ago
"Local Power Players" - Fred Leonhardt Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Post Reviews "Jurassic Park 3D" Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Stone's Rules - Dark Dye In Men's Suits Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Fight Against Obesity In Orlando Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Post Reviews "Evil Dead" Posted 5 years 9 months ago
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: EYEING FASHION IN 20/20 Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Champions and the Power of Visualization Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Post Reviews "The Call" Posted 5 years 9 months ago
The Post Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation Posted 5 years 10 months ago
In NYC: Decide Our Fate Posted 5 years 10 months ago
The Stone Zone: The Rise Of Rand Posted 5 years 10 months ago
The Bilinda Butchers: Now & Then Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Our Take: Anna's Polish Resturant Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Will Florida Be The Next Marijuana State? Posted 5 years 10 months ago
There Are Women Who Cheat. I Am One Of Them Posted 5 years 10 months ago
TV Preview - Duck Dynasty Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Mental Health Basics For UCF Students Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Free Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner at Denny's? Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Bithlo Dump Cleanup Within Sight Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Procrastination: Tools To Fight Back Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Our Take: Hot Krust Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Meditating With My Doodle Sam Posted 5 years 10 months ago
I Just Can't Say No Posted 5 years 10 months ago
How To Write A Resume Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Spring Break Jams 2013 Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Distressed Homeowners Able To Buy Again? Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Healthcare Basics For UCF Students Posted 5 years 10 months ago
8 Habits of Remarkably Successful People Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Once Upon A Time... Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Our Take: Burger 21 Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Healthcare & Our Future Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Tax Benefits For Homeowners Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Death Of The Mailbox Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Picking A Puppy: 10 Helpful Tips Posted 5 years 10 months ago
A Mystery Brew Called Stress Posted 5 years 10 months ago
4 Home Security Tips Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Top 10 Reasons I Decided To Become A Vegan Posted 5 years 10 months ago
GLBT Community Center: What You Need To Know Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Successful Goal Setting Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Marketing Is Everywhere Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Downtown Avalon Park Update Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Avalon Yard Sale: Update & Our Picks Posted 5 years 10 months ago
Sandy Adams To Appear on MSNBC's Hardball Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Word is..... Posted 5 years 11 months ago
March Madness, Timber Creek Style Posted 5 years 11 months ago
A New Source Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Instagram: The Removal of Mobile Intimacy Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Hand Sanitizer VS Soap Posted 5 years 11 months ago
INCORPORATION 101: What It Means To Be A City Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Use Mind Tricks to Get Your Way Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Hair Extensions Are a Wise Choice Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Is Now the Time to Buy your Dream House? Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Hypnosis: Parlor Trick or a True Therapy? Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Season Posted 5 years 11 months ago
The Beacham Brings Big City Excitement Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Today’s Private Investigators Posted 5 years 11 months ago
The Post Reviews “House of Cards” Posted 5 years 11 months ago

3 Reasons Why Liebnitzky Could Upset Soto In CD9

 

The Mac Tools distributor, engineer, and veteran has a tough path... but could surprise in Florida's 9th congressional district.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

For the most part in Central Florida, the hottest elections were decided during the August 30th primary ballot, leaving few exciting contests for the general election on a local level.

 

In Florida's 9th congressional district, 5 Democratic candidates duked it out during a bloody primary to receive their party's nomination.

 

Ultimately, State Senator Darren Soto came out on top, knocking off Dr. Dena Grayson, Susannah Randolph, and Valeri Crabtree.

 

On the Republican line, Kissimmee City Commissioner Wanda Rentas was considered a shoe-in by national Republican officials, hoping she would ride on to victory on her Hispanic name.

 

And that's where vigorous campaigner Wayen Liebnitzky demonstrated that party support and financial backing don't always equal victory. He beat her and beat her "BIGLY".

 

Political connections, DC money, and endorsements did not matter because he walked the doors.

 

The veteran/Mac Tools distributor in Osceola County and several other Central Florida locales has three key advantages against hit general election opponent Darren Soto.

 

Man of The People

 

This is honestly the most important advantage that Mr. Liebnitzky has. He spends his day interacting with working middle class people, delivering tools and checking in on longtime customers of his throughout Osceola, Polk, and Orange Counties.

 

From mechanics to auto repair workers, Liebnitzky has a pulse on what Middle America wants to see out of their congressman. Furthermore, a lot of the people he encounters are minorities, particularly Hispanics.

 

In CD 9, that is a strong thing to have in your favor considering the large amount of Hispanic registered voters. On the other hand, his opponent Darren Soto is a career politician/attorney, who spends most of his time around the elected and moneyed class.

 

The fact that Liebnitzky has spent years working with the crucial Hispanic voting demographic of CD9 is what makes him a viable candidate. According to Orlando Rising's Scott Powers, Liebnitzky is actually 50% Hispanic and can speak Spanish.

 

A successful businessman, close to the middle class, and able to command respect among America's fastest growing voting demographic?

 

The GOP couldn't ask for better.

 

Year of The Outsider

 

November's presidential election could have huge coattails in down-ballot races for local Republican and Democratic candidates. Even though Hillary Clinton cheated her way to the nomination, political outsider Donald Trump is slowly but steadily gaining in the polls.

 

Their battle is the ultimate fight between Clinton (The Insider) and Trump (The Outsider). If anyone tells you they know how that contest will turn out, they are full of it. Any gain for Trump is a gain for an outsider and political newcomer like Liebnitzky.

 

One could also reason that Trump's rising numbers with Hispanics and African-Americans could encourage those voters to stick with the GOP all the way down on their ballots.

 

The fact that a considerable amount of CD9 Hispanics are of Puerto Rican background have migrated from NYC, helps Liebnitzky as does Trump's rising poll numbers.

 

Like it or not, Trump is immensely popular among NYC residents who understand and prefer his blunt style. Liebnitzky's style is straightforward and to the point.

 

He does not hold punches, but he is certainly more graceful than the billionaire Manhattan businessman.

 

If Trump wins, and mind you he needs to win Central Florida to do so, Mr. Liebnitzky has a strong chance to upset Soto.

 

He Wants It, Soto Thinks It's "His"

 

Elected office has it's perks.

 

You can raise a ton of money from people who need your vote, use taxpayer funds to increase your name ID, etc. It can also give you a false sense of self-worth, reality.

 

That you are owed many things by many people. We have seen incumbents who "should have won" or career politicians who were ready for "the next step" get shellacked at the polls because they fell asleep at the wheel.

 

Heck, look at two-term Osceola County Commissioner Michael Harford's embarrassing loss to businesswoman Peggy Choudhry, an outsider who was not supposed to win.

 

Reports indicate that Soto is expecting an easy victory and has let his foot off the gas. Remember that Liebnitzky's primary opponent did the same thing -- and the result was a nearly 70% to 30% victory.

 

Now, Mr. Liebnitzky will not win by such a margin by a long shot, but you just need a few more votes than the other guy to claim victory. As he did in the primary, Liebnitzky is reportedly walking door to door on a daily basis, constantly placing/replacing his ubiquitous "Veteran With A Voice" campaign signs.

 

All the political mail and TV ads in the world are no match for a strong ground campaign.

 

Everything is about balance, but Soto can't just phone it in and expect an easy win with an opponent like Liebnitzky. Soto might have represented the area during his time in elected office, and that is a huge plus for his campaign.

 

However, like most elected officials, the door-to-door interaction with the community happens only during election season.

 

Liebnitzky on the other hand, has been getting quality face-time with local residents for years, delivering his tool sets and helping them run their businesses effectively.

 

That is a powerful thing.

 

If Soto maintains a purely mail/tv/radio based campaign with little ground game, he could see his dreams of climbing the political ladder shattered.

 

----

 

Voters will receive their absentee ballots across Central Florida in the next week, and we will keep you up to date on CD9 and more!

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

 

Top