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Monday, November 2, 2009

My early Sunday morning, caffeine-filled political cry for a surprise Independent candidate for FL governor

Received the article below about State Senator
Paula Dockery announcing next week that she's
challenging Bill McCollum for the GOP 2010
gubernatorial nomination via a Google Alert.
I told you Google Alerts were great!

Given the fact that nobody is thrilled with the
announced candidates for next year's gubernatorial
race, including me, might this race for governor
represent the best opportunity ever in modern
Florida history for a savvy, moderate Independent
candidate, along the lines of what's happened
ub the recent past in Connecticut and Minnesota,
to win on a campaign predicated on changing
the dynamic of the culture of parochialism,
corruption and pay-for-play lobbying in Tallahassee
and throughout the state, esp. in Broward County?

Not to mention, the state's general backwardness
and clumsiness in dealing with international business
and trade in a sophisticated manner, despite all
the international trips taken by governors, cabinet
members and county commissioners.

Remind me again, what year did MIA finally
get rental luggage carts?
The first or second Clinton term?

That Florida trails many Northern states in solar
and alternative energy job creation ought to be
embarrassing to the state's so-called leaders,
but seems to bother them not a whit.

But despite everyone perpetually whining about
FP&L, it doesn't really seem to be bothering
Green voters in Florida enough to actually put
their own money where their mouth is to create
actual working alternatives that make sense and
make a profit.

Where are the successful solar and alternative
energy companies in the Sunshine State?

Not anywhere around South Florida, otherwise,
we'd all know the names of them from the local
media constantly lionizing them.

And seriously, what about the state's dated
1940's-era dependence on sales taxes and
real estate to keep the economy going,
rather than having.a broader-based
technology-based economy that wasn't
so sensitive to changes in tourism trends?

What sort of strategy is always hoping that
some out-of-state or foreign entity will just
magically drop-in and spend money, and
will ignore the fact that the state's poor
schools actually repel many decison-makers
from even considering the state in general,
or South Florida in particular?

Those people may come and visit on a trip,
family or business, but actually live here
with their families?
Are you kidding?

What kind of economic plan is hoping?
It sounds like farmers hoping for rain in
Third World countries beset by drought.

Like most of you, I hear media reports
every so often about someone in the state
making general platitudes about changing
that mentality at some CoC speech in
Orlando or Tampa or whatever, but
where's the action?

Where's an actual plan that you can look
at online and judge for yourself?

I'd love to see a governor's race on
important issues like this, but with
the humorless and charisma-challenged
characters we've got so far,
it doesn't look very good,
which is a sad reflection of the talent
in the country's fourth-largest state.

That fact, conversely, helps create
the vacuum for someone who really
will talk intelligently and enthusiastically
about those issues and lays out an
intelligent, sensible plan for making
the necessary changes.

I'm one moderate Democrat who'd
vote for that person, regardless of party.

Right now, my 2010 FL gubernatorial
vote is for
None of the Above.


Paula Dockery Announcing For Governor Next Week

by Abel Harding
November 1, 2009

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