Four More Running Mates
Republican Charlie Crist and Democrat Jim Davis are not the only candidates for governor. Four others will join them on the Nov. 7 ballot: Max Linn of the Reform Party and three independents, all of whom were required to complete the field by choosing running mates by 5 p.m. Thursday.
Linn chose Tom Macklin, the Republican mayor of Avon Park, who gained national attention recently for trying to pass an ordinance that would fine employers who hire illegal immigrants (it failed by a single vote). The choice of Macklin signals that Linn, a wealthy term limits advocate from St. Petersburg, plans to make immigration a campaign issue.
Karl C.C. Behm (NPA) of Crescent City chose Carol "Grandma" Castagnero of Lakeland, the anti-FCAT crusader who raised no money but pulled a surprising 5.3 percent of the statewide vote in the Democratic primary. Richard Paul Dembinsky of Port Orange, whose cause is keeping drunk drivers off the streets, selected as his running mate Joe Smith, a chirporactor from Wellington. The third independent, John Wayne Smith of Leesburg, teamed up with James Kearney of Plantation.