Articles from all over the state from the South Side (Miami Herald article HERE) to right here at home (Sentinel post HERE) are asking a very important question, that’s been asked plenty of times before but with the calendar racing towards election season, have become a very relevant issue.
Why won’t Republican Governor turned Democratic Candidate for the same office, Charlie Crist, debate former State Senator Nan Rich?
The Blogger in me would love to see this. It would be fascinating political theater. Crist essentially answering, not only Rich’s objections, but critics from the remainder of Florida Dems, that haven’t jumped on his bandwagon yet. His message would be simple enough. “I can beat Rick Scott. You can’t”.
Of course, the opposite could happen. Rich could take him to task for his “evolving” beliefs on the issues. The whole thing could blow up in his face and the Pundits will be asking “Why did he even get on stage in the first place?”.
It’s that second reason, that unwarranted risk, that I wouldn’t let Crist debate Rich.
Why? I’ll use one of the football terms, that Crist is so fond of.
You don’t play your Starters much in the pre-season, and you certainly don’t get them injured against your own second stringers in practice, when they’re playing for a Championship this year.
Don’t think Rich is a 2nd stringer?
The Florida Democratic Party wouldn’t even give her a speaking slot at their Gala, FDP Chairwoman Allison Tant has been listed on host committees at Charlie Crist Fundraisers. Here in Orlando, he’s already won over the local party leaders He’s the guy.
So, while I would love to see it. My friends in the media would love to see it. Governor Rick Scott and his team would definitely love to see it. It shouldn’t happen. It doesn’t make sense.
Don’t blame Crist. Don’t even blame Nan Rich. Blame the Florida Democratic Party, who’s already made their decision back in January over who would be their nominee.