Davis Picks Jones, Makes History
Democrat Jim Davis has selected Daryl Jones, a former state senator from Miami who was once nominated by President Clinton to be Secretary of the Air Force, to be his running mate. The campaign confirmed the selection.
"Daryl Jones has a record of leadership and a commitment to public service that the people of Florida can trust," Davis said in a statement released Thursday morning.
An F-16 fighter pilot, Jones is a colonel in the Air Force reserves who lives in Miami-Dade. He served two years in the House (1990-1992) before being elected to the Senate, where he served for a decade. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002. Running under the slogan "new independent leadership for Florida," the Davis-Jones ticket will appear in public for the first time at an event at 9:30 a.m. at the Broward County Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Jones, 51, raised in a segregated Mississippi who was his high school valedictorian and went to law school, would be the first African-American lieutenant governor in Florida's history. The only black candidate ever elected statewide was a justice on the Florida Supreme Court.
Davis' announcement revived some old favorable comments about the L.G. pick, including one from Gov. Jeb Bush after Jones finished third in the 2002 primary for governor, with 12 percent of the vote.
"I was very impressed with Daryl Jones. If I thought he could pull it off, I might vote for him," the governor was quoted as saying in The Orlando Sentinel.