Democratic Poll Shows Feeney Trailing Badly

Posted October 17, 2008 at 1:28pm

A new Democratic poll suggests central Florida voters aren’t buying Rep. Tom Feeney’s (R) recent pleas for forgiveness for a trip to Scotland he took with incarcerated lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2003.

According to Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll released on Friday, Feeney trailed former state Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D) 58 percent to 35 percent. The poll of 400 likely voters was taken Oct. 14-15 and had a 4.8-point margin of error.

“The more voters learn about Tom Feeney’s corrupt ties to convicted lobbyists and his involvement in an FBI investigation, the more they are rejecting Tom Feeney and everything he stands for,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Kyra Jennings said in a statement. “The voters of Florida’s 24th District clearly believe that Suzanne Kosmas shares their priorities and plan to stand with her and get rid of their current dishonest representative on Election Day.”

In late September, Feeney went up with a television ad in which he admitted the trip was a “rookie mistake.”

“Five years ago, when I was first elected to Congress, I was invited on a trip to Scotland. I found out later that it was paid for by a corrupt lobbyist,” Feeney said in the ad. “I embarrassed myself, embarrassed you and for that I am very sorry.”

Only 28 percent of the new poll’s participants had a favorable impression of the lawmaker.