Jordan, Thrasher work crowds in Senate race
With the Jacksonville airwaves and mailboxes cluttered with ads and mailers, the candidates seeking to replace the late Sen. Jim King are working crowds in one of the most elongated districts in Florida. Four Republicans are seeking to replace King, with the best known of the lot being Duval County School Board member and former Rep. Stan Jordan (left) and former House Speaker John Thrasher (right).
Jordan, a retired Army colonel, touts his long military experience and his deep Duval roots. At a campaign cookout Tuesday evening at a local auto body shop, Jordan said the race will come down to his grass roots support versus Thrasher's money. (The other two Republicans in the Sept. 15 primary are Jacksonville City Council member Art Graham and Ponte Vedra Beach businessman Dan Quiggle).
"I just don't want to see the race bought," Jordan said, as 150 supporters, many wearing Jordan for Senate T-shirts, ate hamburgers and hot dogs. But mountains of money are being spent by personal injury and trial lawyers in opposition to Thrasher, who as speaker during Jeb Bush's first two years as governor worked hand-in-glove with Bush in opposition to the trial bar's agenda.
At a rally Wednesday morning at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Thrasher hammered away at the theme of him as the victim of "the politics of personal destruction" by vengeful lawyers. "I did take on the personal injury lawyers, and they're mad at me, obviously," said Thrasher, who has Bush's endorsement in the race.