Think Charlie Crist had his share of drama and problems with his fellow Republicans during his time in office? Then you've never come across Harrison Reed, Floridas moving target of a GOP governor from 1869 until 1873. Reed died 111 years ago Tuesday, on May 25, 1899.
Placing a distant third in the polls behind Attorney General Bill McCollum and conservative businessman Rick Scott -- and without the financial recourses to launch a comeback -- Sen. Paula Dockery pulled the plug on her campaign for the gubernatorial nomination.
It is with mixed feelings that I end my campaign to be your next governor, the Lakeland Republican said in a statement on Monday morning.
The Florida AFL-CIO on Sunday endorsed Congressman Kendrick Meek, the Democratic frontrunner for the U.S. Senate nomination, and rejected an appeal from Gov. Charlie Crists independent campaign for the office.
Meek now has the backing and organizational support from a group that represents more than 500,000 Floridians and more than 500 locals across the state.
Having already won the state AFL-CIO's endorsement for commissioner of agriculture, Scott Maddox could breathe a sigh of relief. So, with the heat off, the former Tallahassee mayor offered the union convention a high-octane speech Saturday, tearing full force into Florida Republicans.
Maddox had won the backing of the state AFL-CIO in March for the primary and general elections.
Theres only one statewide candidate whos been endorsed, said Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams. Thats how good a friend Scott Maddox is.
Trailing badly in the polls behind Republican candidate Marco Rubio and newly independent Gov. Charlie Crist, Congressman Kendrick Meek spoke to the AFL-CIO convention in Jacksonville on Saturday morning, desperately seeking their endorsement.
The anticipation building Friday at the Florida AFL-CIO's meeting in Jacksonville was as thick as confetti on election night, as high-profile political candidates with high hopes began passionately courting labor leaders during the union's 2010 endorsement convention.
While Gov. Charlie Crist may not be running for reelection, he certainly is not acting as a lame duck and, in fact, his recent appointments will be shaping Florida for years to come.
In the last week of the 2010 session, the Senate confirmed almost 600 appointments the governor had made to various bodies in Florida.
At least one prominent independent politician wont be backing Charlie Crist. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not endorse the now independent governors bid for the U.S. Senate.
With hearings now scheduled for Solicitor General Elena Kagans nomination to the Supreme Court, Floridas candidates in the U.S. Senate election are weighing in on the matter.
A field of four Republicans and one Democrat are looking to challenge Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor in Floridas 11th Congressional District. Stretching around most of Tampa Bay, including most of Tampa and parts of St. Petersburg and Bradenton, the district remains one of the more reliable Democratic districts in the state. Nevertheless, some Republicans are optimistic they will do better there come November.