Rep. Southerland is endangered, so his campaign recycles


U.S. Rep Steve Southerland grins after winning an auctioned possum during the Wausau Possum Festival on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Wausau, Fla. (AP Photo/The News Herald, Heather Leiphart)

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) has a 0 percent score from the League of Conservation Voters, but the enviro group probably didn’t know about his recycling habits.

Southerland is considered an endangered species himself since he’s at risk of losing his seat to former senator Bob Graham’s daughter, Gwen, who is outperforming the incumbent in the money race.

So the Southerland campaign is actively conserving resources.

Southerland’s campaign manager, Luke Strickland, sent an e-mail last week asking for volunteers to help repurpose some old campaign yard signs.

“We need to … take the 2012 Romney and Connie Mack signs that we saved and replace with Southerland signs,” he wrote. (Guess there were plenty of extras?)

Strickland also asked the volunteers to bring “hammers, nail guns, pliers, roofing nails, etc.” because they’ll be doing some repairs using “leftover lumber.”

If Southerland loses, perhaps the old frames were cursed. And if so, the local GOP might consider investing in new ones for 2016 if it wants to take battleground Florida.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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