Chan Lowe: Nan Rich for governor campaign

Last week, I gave a lecture to a group of people — mostly seniors — and I could tell from their responses to my work that they were of the unabashedly liberal persuasion.


During the question and answer period, one of the first queries came from an elderly woman who shouted out, “You think we’re ever going to get rid of Scott?”


If I knew the answer to that, I would concentrate my prognosticating talents on the stock market. Instead, I evaded. “It all depends,” I said, “on whether Charlie Crist declares.”


After the cheering died down, I realized how hungry this group was for a victory, and how much they hated Rick Scott, the Legislature, the Cabinet, and everything they stood for. So much so, that they were willing to embrace someone who’d only donned a Democrat suit a year or so ago, someone I clearly remember once saying, “I’m a Republican, and I’ll always be a Republican.”


All because Charlie Crist, rather than Nan Rich — who shares so much more with this crowd culturally, geographically, and ideologically — can win.


You have to hand it to Nan. She’s got the ganas (an untranslatable Spanish word that combines desire and passion), and she’d probably make a good governor — certainly a better one than Scott, which isn’t saying much — but her candidacy simply isn’t finding traction.


It’s pretty evident that when Charlie declares on Monday — conveniently after Florida state law has changed, allowing individual campaign contributions to rise from $500 to $3,000 — he’ll be, without question, the Democratic front-runner.

Democrats will have to count on people like my audience of last week to hold his feet to the fire, and to make sure he sticks to the principles he happens to be espousing this year.


Believe me, they’ve got the ganas to do it.





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