Reubin Askew, Lawton Chiles, Bob Graham ...Nan Rich?
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Nan Rich grouped herself with three former governors Friday who each had served as state senators before launching bids for the highest state office.
Reubin Askew, Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham would become three of the state’s finest governors, she told members of the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa Friday. And, heck, Graham had only 3 percent name recognition when his campaign launched, she said.
“I’m glad to say mine is up to 12 percent,” Rich said.
Rich is the main declared Democratic candidate with name recognition for the 2014 gubernatorial race, but the party has all but ignored her as it awaits word on whether former Gov. Charlie Crist, 2010 candidate Alex Sink and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will run.
She offered self-effacing remarks Friday about getting passed over for speaking time at the state party’s annual fundraiser in
Responding to another question about being the only major prospective Democratic candidate trailing Gov. Rick Scott in a recent poll, she noted that it was only by 6 percent and has remained steady.
“I’m not discouraged by that,” Rich said. “I was actually amazed I was only six points down. He is the governor.”
Rich said she is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act and criticized state legislators for refusing $51 billion in federal money for Medicaid expansion. She said she is a supporter of public education and opposes recurring legislation that could turn charter schools over to for-profit operators. And she spoke in favor of women’s reproductive rights.
Club members awarded their
To the contrary, Rich said she favors local control when it comes to schools over orders from
“As governor, I would swear on the Bible to uphold the law,” Rich said.
She joked afterward that she thought a question, however predictable, from member Al Fox deserved the award. He asked her views on opening relations with
Clearly, she said, the lack of relations between the
“I think it’s time to try a new tack and begin to have a dialogue,” Rich said.