Talking about the race for Governor, of course. To the surprise of most, including essentially all political reporters and myself, the Democratic nominee for governor is Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, a strong progressive, and African-American. Getting Sanders’ endorsement, Soros money, and a stronger Souls to the Polls campaign among black voters than non-blacks might have realized did the trick. The more-moderate Gwen Graham, daughter of a very popular former Governor and Senator, a former Congress member, and the party’s preference once she took over what looked like a solid lead in the polls, fell a little short. Gillum is the third black nominee for Governor this year, all in the South too.
Now for the electability issue, which has to be at or near the top of the priority list in a divided state: Graham led the head-to-heads against the Trumplicker Ron DeSantis, who got the GOP bid in that party’s own stuffing of the party insiders, while Gillum may have suffered from name recognition that will no longer be a problem for him. Let’s just say racism is strong in Florida, so is Democrat-hate, and Gillum will need even more of what got him nominated if he’s going to win. Even if he does, he’s almost certainly going to have a Regressive legislature to deal with, and less of an established party machinery behind him. Of course, if blacks come out in large numbers to vote for Gillum, they’ll tend to also vote for other Dems while they’re there.
But, at least “proud NRA sellout” and Big Sugar tool Adam Putnam is out on his ear, after being unable to overcome a fawning Trump tweet endorsing the heretofore-nobody DeSantis. So there’s some good news.
Oh, and the Dem nominee for Attorney General is Sean Shaw, son of the state’s first black Chief Justice, and for Ag Commissioner (a powerful post) we have Nikki Fried and her radical notions about serving the people first instead of agribusiness. The green slime covering the South Florida lakes and rivers, from decades of the Republican’s refusal to regulate agricultural use of fertilizer, may turn that tide.