Last year, when the Political Action Committee “Moving Orlando Forward” was formed it was picked up by only the hardcore local Politicos (Sentinel story HERE), it was a clever teamwork between Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Florida Democratic Party that side-stepped fundraising limits and added liquid versatility to his operation. It was suppose to be there just in case things got tough for Dyer during his re-election bid.
Things didn’t get tough, and Dyer walked to re-election.
Now Moving Orlando Forward is back this year and it’s making it’s presence felt in almost every important state level race in Central Florida.
Maximum donations from the PAC were made to State Senator Geraldine Thompson, Darren Soto, and State Representatives Mike Clelland, Karen Castor-Dentel, Joe Saunders, Linda Stewart, Randolph Bracy, and Victor Torres (what did poor Bruce Antone do to get left off?)
Now I don’t know if the Mayor himself is making out these checks (probably not), but his PAC made big moves this quarter to help Democrats keep the gains in Tallahassee that they made in 2012.
Dyer himself is not an overly partisan leader. At the municipal level it’s wishy washy politics. Dyer only made two publicly partisan comments last year, one criticizing Mitt Romney for President Obama (his boy) and a swipe at Florida Governor Rick Scott, and that was when Dyer was considering a run for Governor, which the PAC was probably created for in the first place.
There could also be Soccer Stadium intentions. It’s likely the project will be approved by the next session but the Mayor and the Orlando City Soccer Club has mentioned that they’ll try again for legislation that would subsidize the stadium with tax dollars, the clock ran out on them this year.
Or it could just be FDP and good teamwork.
I thought it was fascinating background noise from a Political Leader who usually stays far away from Party Politics when he has to.