→ Last Weekend at Disney: the Florida Democratic Party Convention
- New to the party, Democrat Charlie Crist spent the weekend shaking hands and making friends. He did not address the full gathering, but spoke at many caucus and committee meetings, where his reception was positive overall. [Source: Miami Herald]
- Former State Senator Nan Rich, who has been running for governor for 18 months but has failed to gain statewide traction, was also present. Read her address here.
- Possible Attorney General primary battle in 2014? George Sheldon, who has been working on Affordable Care Act implementation as an Assistant Secretary within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced his candidacy for Attorney General on Monday, 10/21. Then, on the first day of the FDP Convention, House Minority Leader Perry Thurston announced that he is jumping into the race as well. (I guess history repeats itself - Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg battled out the AG primary in 2010, with Gelber winning the primary but losing the general to Republican Pam Bondi.) [Sources: News Service of Florida, TB Times.]
→ Sink for Congress —- Alex Sink announced on Wednesday that she is running for Congress in Representative C.W. Bill Young’s old seat in Pinellas County. She lives about 45 minutes away in Hillsborough County, but plans to move to Pinellas soon. [Source: Tampa Tribune]. Democrat Jessica Ehrlich was already in the race and does not appear to be stepping aside for Sink, so there will be a primary election in January.
- Jessica Ehrlich was the Democratic nominee for this seat in 2012, when she was endorsed by Emily’s List. With Sink’s announcement, Emily’s List removed Ehrlich from their website, and are now promoting their endorsement of Alex Sink. [Source: Washington Post]
- Within less than 48 hours of entering the race, Alex Sink had already raised over $116,000 by Thursday. [Source: Tampa Tribune]
→ Marco Rubio’s failure of leadership —- the Senator has backed out of his past initiatives, making him look like a political weathervane tuned to the Tea Party.
- Rubio recently revoked his nomination of Judge William Thomas to the federal district court in Florida. Thomas would be the first openly gay, African-American judge on a federal court. Rubio had previously supported Thomas’s nomination, but has now blocked it. [Source: Miami Herald, PNS]
- This week, Senator Rubio backed out of supporting the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, even though he was part of the Gang of 8 that developed the legislation. Rubio now says that a piecemeal effort is more realistic. (Which may be true, considering how pathetic the House is at doing anything, but that’s no reason for a U.S. Senator to back out of important national legislation). [Source: TB Times]
→ Nelson supports ENDA —- Senator Bill Nelson came out in support of ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, this week. Way to go Senator Nelson! He was soon followed by Senators Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor. [Source: Miami Herald]