Assessing the Democratic prospects for Florida governor
Political consultant Barry Edwards has an excellent look at the potential Democratic field for Florida governor on the recently launched AliveTampaBay.com site, including Gwen Graham, Bob Buckhorn, Philip Levine, Jeremy Ring, Buddy Dyer, and, yes, Charlie Crist.:
...Given that Crist has never once run for reelection to anything besides the state Senate (once) in a multi-decade career in elective office, will he be able to pass up a chance to absolve back to back statewide election defeats, including losing an eminently winnable gubernatorial race against Rick Scott in 2014? Crist fatigue may be irreversible outside his native St. Petersburg, as his trial balloon for a U.S. Senate run this cycle was burst by a tsunami of sharply negative coverage from both the state and national media. But Charlies’ sunny optimism has converted many voters before and could do so again.
The biggest loser in a multi-way race involving Charlie Crist would undoubtedly be Buckhorn, who would stand little chance at winning a statewide primary if forced to split the large Tampa Bay vote with another major Tampa Bay centered candidate....