We are less than two months from the November general election in Florida and win or lose it seems that Florida Democrats are in trouble. The lack of candidate development in the major parties is striking but more so with Democrats. The Florida Democrats have run poor Alex Sink to a nub. Sink has been the Florida Democrats “go to girl” over the past couple of election cycles.
Sink was the Democrat nominee to run against Rick Scott. After that grueling race Sink was pressed into service again to battle for US House against David Jolly. Sink had name recognition and the full support of Florida Democrats but came up short again. It was surprising that Sink Ran after the death of husband, Bill McBride, also a Democrat stalwart.
It is curious and should be disappointing to Florida Democrats that state party bosses have not spent any time, energy, or effort developing a candidate to compete against the incumbent governor, Republican Rick Scott. In fact, it should be heartbreaking that the best they could is run Republican retread Charlie Crist to face Scott for the state’s top spot. The same Charlie Crist that had is heart set on being John McCain’s running mate in 2008. Yes, the same Crist that ran for US Senate as first a Republican, then an independent. The same Crist that tried to get the Democrat, Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race. This is the standard bearer for the Democrat cause in the state Florida? Not good.
The Republican Party of Florida needs to take this as an object lesson on how not to run a state party. If Scott prevails in November is there anyone ready to take the helm from Rick Scott? Are the Republicans grooming candidates to step into the governor’s mansion? The lack of planning will put Republicans in a similar position in 2020. Both major parties have blown it when it comes to candidate development at the national level.