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Get ready for the Gwen Graham for governor campaign



Florida Democrats are ready to elect another Clinton. How about another Graham?

In a megastate where political dynasties are remarkably common (Bilirakis, Castor, Meek, Diaz-Balart, Mack) nobody should underestimate the strength of the most politically successful Democratic name in modern Florida history.

That's especially true when the gregarious oldest daughter of former two-term governor and three-term U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has already shown her considerable political skill. In 2014, she defeated a GOP congressman in heavily Republican north Florida.

I met with Rep. Gwen Graham, 53, and her parents, Bob and Adele, in an empty ballroom Tuesday at a downtown Philadelphia Marriott. They wouldn't come out and say it directly, but this clearly is a family poised for another Graham gubernatorial campaign.

"Look at the last eight years underneath Gov. (Rick) Scott's administration. In my opinion we need to look for someone that's committed to doing not what's partisan but what's right. What I've done in Congress is work together with people across the ideological spectrum. We need to be bringing people together," Rep. Graham said. "Our economy, our environment, education — these are issues that need a balancing voice in Tallahassee to start making the right decisions."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:10am]


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