Max Linn of St. Petersburg, an advocate of eight-year term limits for politicians, plans to join the 2006 race for governor Thursday as a Reform Party candidate. Linn is president of Florida Citizens for Term Limits, and an announcement says his key advisers will be Doug Friedline, who spearheaded Jesse Ventura's upset win as governor of Minnesota, and Russell Verney, who ran Ross Perot's presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996.
"There's an obvious leadership vacuum in Tallahassee," Linn says. He says his drive to run for governor stems partly from widespread voter opposition to a move by legislators in 2005 to stretch term limits from eight to 12 years. Lawmakers reversed themselves this past spring and junked the idea, leaving the "Eight is Enough" law in place.
If elected governor, Linn says, he'll accept no salary.