Eric Feliu
10/21/14
JOU 4181
Mark Danish: Not your ordinary politician
When people think of politicians, the first thing t...
Eric Feliu
10/21/14
JOU 4181
from South Florida (geographically speaking)” Stark added. Once again in 2014, it is a tight ...
Eric Feliu
10/21/14
JOU 4181
-------------- The man and the money
Danish and his wife, Linda, reside in New Tampa, near Be...
Eric Feliu
10/21/14
JOU 4181
Humana for $1,000. Danish even got the attention of Mickey in Lake Buena Vista with $2,500
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Political Candidate Profile Mark Danish

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. Eric Feliu 10/21/14 JOU 4181 Mark Danish: Not your ordinary politician When people think of politicians, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is that they are hard up for money and votes. That is partly true with District 63 Rep. Mark Danish (D- Tampa), but not the complete picture by a long shot. “He always has good things to say- a decent gentleman,” Exit Extreme Realty broker Frank Pruce said. “All around- he is super caring and does all of his paperwork, with a touch of expertise, who never misses an opportunity to teach.” Pruce continues to talk with Danish at every opportunity that he gets. Pruce exclaims “With all of these ads, it’s what’s wrong with American politics and is definitely not representative of Mark- I know him to be a good guy and his son is real nice as well.” Danish, 60, has three children and two grandchildren. His background is complete middle class with jobs such as: insurance agent, real estate agent, and school teacher. “Mark is a driven man and is not one to work like a 9-to-5 worker,” said his uncle, Greg Olsen. Olsen is an inventor, an astronaut, and highly decorated in the science community in the state of New Jersey. Olsen said, “As for Mark and science, he just picked that up; it just happened he chose the same field as me.” Olsen said, “he really wanted this political office- he fought hard and he personifies the saying ‘don’t give up-never give up.’” ---------------------- Political Stories Danish started his political career in 2012 and narrowly defeated Republican Shawn Harrison in the General Election. “He represents his district,” Rep. Rick Stark (D- Pembroke Pines) and said. “Danish is a right hand man for me and he is the only member of the Jewish House Caucus- not
  • 2. Eric Feliu 10/21/14 JOU 4181 from South Florida (geographically speaking)” Stark added. Once again in 2014, it is a tight race with Harrison and Danish and it will come down to every vote. “Things are so close up there in Tampa- we just did a phone bank last weekend for Mark at my office in Broward County; he’s got mailers against him and unbelievable money being thrown against him,” Stark said. Stark and Danish are colleagues on the Regulatory Affairs Committee. Stark recalled a time where Danish and he worked on a bill together and that was HB 185- Gasoline Stations. This bill was intended to help disabled drivers if they needed assistance to pump their gas- they could call a number posted on the gas pump for someone to help them. “Danish put his heart and soul into his bill and we formed study groups with Dwight Dudley, Vic Torres of Orlando, and Jose Javier Rodriguez of Miami,” Stark said. “The veterans were definitely for this, but just like almost every bill in the House- the GOP took credit for it and changed up the language,” Stark said. “Mark Danish- you can’t work harder than this guy, he is good to work with, no negative, and he has a good relationship with his staff,” Stark said. As for Danish’s challenger, Harrison, he had little to say about his opponent. “I am sure Mark is a decent man, but I do not know him outside of politics,” Harrison said. “His character is pretty good overall,” said Patrick Giambelluca, a volunteer to Danish’s 2012 campaign. About this cycle, Giambelluca said, “It would be a shame if he wasn’t re-elected which may happen unfortunately.” Giambelluca recalls the time he first met Danish at a ticket giveaway to President Barack Obama’s visit to HCC in the summer of 2012, “He was at numerous Democratic events and a kind man to talk to- and why I decided to volunteer for his campaign.”
  • 3. Eric Feliu 10/21/14 JOU 4181 -------------- The man and the money Danish and his wife, Linda, reside in New Tampa, near Benito Middle School and paid $4,244.69 in property taxes for their New Tampa residence. Danish has a net worth of $221, 148 which includes pensions from the State as an elected official totaling $28,446.12 and a pension as a school teacher with Hillsborough County for $21,098.90, according to Disclosure Form 6. Danish is a fiscal conservative and it shows with his purchase of a 2002 Rav- 4 for $4,000 and a 2012 Chevy Malibu for $14,000. Mark and his spouse purchased their home in 2003 for $201,300, according to property records. The biggest contribution total came from The Democratic Party of Florida at a total of $45,379.39 from 13 different contributions ranging from Sept. 27, 2013 to Sept. 20, 2014. The gaming industry made their contribution to the campaign courtesy of the Palm Beach Kennel Club totaling $1,500 one from their Tallahassee office for $1,000 and one for $500 from Palm Beach, Gulfstream Park for $1,000 as well as Isle of Capri Casinos for $500. Some of the most notable contributions are: $1,000 from the Yankees organization in Tampa, big health care/pharmaceutical companies such as: Pfizer for $500, Walgreens for $1,000, and Failedcandidates fromthe Tampa Bay area who have contributedtoDanish2014 Nancy Jacobs $25- 2012- lost her bid to become a Circuit Court Judge Betty Castor-$100- 2004-lost her bid to become a U.S. Senator Alan Clendenin-$400-2013-lost his bid to become Florida Democratic Chairman
  • 4. Eric Feliu 10/21/14 JOU 4181 Humana for $1,000. Danish even got the attention of Mickey in Lake Buena Vista with $2,500 donated to his camp Mark Danish faces the same challenger he faced in 2012 and faces one of the toughest challenges for a Florida House candidate- but there is one thing to say about the man, Stark said, “It wouldn’t matter what party he is, whatever he is, Mark will represent his district 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” Unions and Organizations That support Danish and his re-election bid Teamsters- $3,500 Firefighters- $2,500 IBEW- $2,000 AFL-CIO-$2,000 FEA- $1,500

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