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Safety Harbor Resident Endures Heckling For Obama Support

Mike Shaw has battled bystanders and beeping cars while holding a pro-Obama sign in front of a polling station on McMullen Booth Road.

A man holding a large "Obama" sign on a main road on Election Day is going to draw some attention.

But Mike Shaw, a Safety Harbor resident and self-proclaimed "American success story," said he will put up with the negative comments and snarky catcalls from passersby in order to show his support for his candidate, President Barack Obama.

"Things were going pretty good until she got here," Shaw said of a woman who was harassing him outside of the Cypress Meadows Community Church precinct on McMullen Booth Road.

"Some people have been thumbs up, some thumbs down. But it's a 50-50 state, so that's to be expected."

Shaw, who parlayed a Pell grant and the support of his single mother into a lucrative career and comfortable life, says he believes he wouldn't be where he is today if not for the current president.

"I think Obama is doing a good job," he admitted. "There's signs the economy is turning around. I'm making more money than I made four years ago, my company has hired 38 new employees this year, and my friends' business is thriving."

While the heckler was telling Shaw that he took handouts from the government to get where he is today, he shrugged that accusation off.

"When people need help, they can get it. But I pay taxes and I've paid all my loans off," said Shaw, who owns an electrical engineering degree, an MBA in marketing and two homes. "I'm a true American success story."

Meghan poole November 07, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Mike you are amazing and it was all worth it!!
Lucy Schoenfeld November 07, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Yeah, Florida white guy votes for Obama, stay strong and be proud
Jeffrey Rosenfield November 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Please remember to keep the comments respectful. Thank you.
Janice M. November 07, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Good for you Mike. I wish more people with those types of stories, and there are thousands out there, would stand with you.
Robert Saltzman November 07, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I was standing there with Mike for awhile waving my sign. Sadly I missed that woman. She could have made my day. I would have told her how much of a 47% moocher I am. Watch her head explode!

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