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  •  Crist is now a Democrat, but (2+ / 0-)
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    he is very much a fiscal conservative, and not close to being a progressive.  Still, he is the best bet to beat Scott, despite Scott's unpopularity.  markthshark is right that Charlie is good on education and environmental issues.  Crist comes from a family of public school teachers, so he is sympathetic towards public education. Also, Charlie Crist is a known as being a nice guy and seems to honestly care about people.  He is a native Floridian who understands how fragile the environment is in our state.  But he is still a conservative.

    I had heard that state Senator Nan Rich was thinking about running for governor.  She is the current minority leader in the Florida Senate, and Dems are very much a minority.  I do not know a lot about her, but believe that she is considered to be fairly progressive.

    The big problem in Florida is that the Democratic party has been weak for some time.  As for Bob Graham, he has been doing work with environmental groups in Florida and has written a number of guest op-eds on the environment.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:48:17 PM PST

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    •  I didn't always agree with Graham... (1+ / 0-)
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      At times he seemed bit too close to corporations, although that's really the norm in the U.S. Senate. But he was always honest, had a pretty good liberal voting record, and he loves him some Florida. That was always true.

      I don't think he ever liked working in Washington. But to this day; I think he knows where a lot of the proverbial bodies are buried. I always wanted to interview him about what he really knows about 9-11 especially.

      Overall, I'd relish seeing him get back into state politics -- either the governorship or state party chair -- but, alas, I fear that ship has sailed.

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:24:54 PM PST

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      •  I think Bob Graham no longer wants (1+ / 0-)
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        the hassle of running for elected office.  I always have admired him for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that he was one of the few who voted against the Iraq war.  And I agree that he probably knows more about the skeletons in Washington than most.  Basically I think he is a good man at heart.

        Since I live in Tall., I had the chance to meet him several times and always found him to be engaged with whomever he was speaking with.  Graham always walked about one mile from the Governor's Mansion to the Capitol each day and could often be spotted walking about downtown during the lunch hour.  He was without airs and extremely approachable at all times.  And yes, he DID write down everything in one of those little notebooks he carried with him at all times.  I remember seeing him do that even way back when he was a young state legislator.

        One of the things that sticks out in my mind about the Grahams is that despite their being very wealthy, their daughters attended public schools.  When Graham was Governor, his youngest daughter attended one of the local high schools.  She had not yet completed high school when he left office, so the Grahams bought a modest town home in downtown near the school where she and Adele lived so she could finish out high school there.  They kept that town home as their Tall. residence until Graham left the Senate.

        I believe Graham sees his calling now as working to help protect the environment.  

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 08:23:02 AM PST

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        •  I don't know who was the better governor... (0+ / 0-)

          Graham or Lawton Chiles, but both were damn good for Florida.

          "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

          by markthshark on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:12:30 AM PST

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