In a rather interesting move, the Florida Republican Party has moved to paint Alex Sink, Florida’s CFO and presumed Gubernatorial candidate, as an “evil banker.” (This would seem to be an acknowledgement that Charlie Crist is indeed running for the US Senate.) What is perhaps most curious about this is the fact that Republican Party has long received overwhelming support from the banking industry. In fact, Ken Lewis, the Bank of America CEO that the GOP is now highlighting Sink’s ties with, was a frequent contributor to Republican candidates, including nearly $10,000 to Rep. Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina). Of course, trying to tie Alex Sink to Ken Lewis isn’t all that difficult—she is a former Bank of America executive, and therefore it’s only natural that she would have worked with him.
It will be interesting to watch whether or not the Republican Party embraces the same strategy—highlighting an individual’s prior career—when touting their own candidate for Governor. If Bill McCollum, the presumed front-runner, were to come out on top, that would mean we could look forward to a campaign focusing on a career politician’s accomplishments. After all, Bill McCollum served 20 years in the House of Representatives, during a period in which the national debt grew from $907 billion to $5.6 trillion. Perhaps they will even highlight his time managing the impeachment case against President Clinton. Or, we can perhaps count on a spotlight being turned on his two recent unsuccessful campaigns for US Senate, after which he settled upon a campaign for Attorney General. Now, after one term as Attorney General, he will be setting his sights on the Governor’s Mansion. Is it just me, or do I see a campaign focused on Bill McCollum’s repeated attempts to stay on the taxpayers payroll?
Let’s just assume that Charlie Crist’s campaign for the US Senate will include the same strategy…Crist for State Senate, Crist for US Senate, Crist for Education Secretary, Crist for Attorney General, Crist for Governer….and Crist for US Senate II.
Filed under: Florida, Florida Legislature, Florida Politics, Alex Sink, Bill Clinton, Bill McCollum, Ken Lewis, Republican Party of Florida