The Vern Buchanan campaign on Monday played up what it says are the congressman's bipartisan credentials, releasing the names of 25 "prominent Democrats" who have endorsed Buchanan and pointing to a Washington publication's report showing Buchanan is one of the most bipartisan members of Congress from Florida.
"We need more folks like Vern in Washington -- people with real world experience creating jobs and opportunity," said Democratic Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy, in a news release issued by the Buchanan campaign. "I'm proud to endorse his re-election to Congress."
Buchanan's Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 election also has tried to play up his bipartisan credentials. Over the weekend, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was in Sarasota to help raise money for Fitzgerald's campaign. Crist, a former Republican, now identifies himself as an independent.
Also, the Buchanan campaign noted that Congressional Quarterly, which analyzes lawmakers' voting records, had found rated Buchanan "as one of the most bipartisan members of the Florida delegation."
The local Democrats -- a list that includes numerous current and former elected officials -- who have endorsed Buchanan are:
Beth Waskom, attorney, Sarasota.
John Shaugnessy, mayor, Bradenton Beach.
Pat Morton, commissioner, Holmes Beach.
Hal Lenobal, former mayor, Longboat Key.
Jim Costa, firefighter, Bradenton.
Calvin Perry, Bradenton.
Jane T. Hasse, Sarasota.
John D. Burns, retired, Sarasota.
Meg Kestenbaum, Sarasota.
Adria Kayser, school guidance counselor, Sarasota.
Lydia Gonzalez, retail, Sarasota.
Ashley Carson, Sarasota.
Ryan Carson, real estate agent, Sarasota.
Robert Morey, Osprey.
Tammy Hillard, executive assistant, Sarasota.
Joshua Dreyfus, medical facility, Sarasota.
Brenda Carlton, attorney, Venice.
Robert Bruce Carlton, shipping, Venice.
Westanna Carlton, student, Venice.
Jean Ford, retired, Venice.
Susan Kenyon, nonprofit, Sarastoa.
Carol Brinkley, North Port.
Stan Sabok, business owner, Bradenton.
Linda Cavalieri, business development, Sarasota.
Teresa Schneider, North Port.
Jennine Anderson, administrative staff, Manatee Schools, Bradenton.
Meikka Mixon, hospitality management, Sarasota.
Gene Mixon, small business owner, Nokomis.
Steve Odegard, retired Navy, Sarasota.
Bette Mooney, Bradenton.
Bill Bonnett, Brussells.
Dale Decamp, Ellenton.
Jean Farquharson, Bradenton.
Walter Smith, Nokomis.
Gloria Palmer, Parrish.
The identifying information was provided by the Buchanan campaign.