Both major party candidates for governor of Florida--Democrat Andrew Gillum, and Republican former Congressman Ron DeSantis, who are 39 and 40 years of age respectively--are not qualified nor experienced to lead the state of Florida, and it is not because of their ages.
Mayor Gillum should withdraw from the race if he does not succeed in gaining an immediate clearance by the FBI on its ongoing investigation of the Tallahassee government, which he leads or, at the very least, being declared free of any personal wrongdoing by the FBI. Gillum's withdrawal, if necessary, would be a responsible action on his part, in light of the concerned voters of Florida who fear, if he is victorious, a possible indictment of its governor, three months after the election.
The other four candidates who ran in the Democratic nominees abdicated their responsibility by not raising the issue of the FBI investigation, thereby misinforming and misleading the public and the Democratic primary voters.
The media has also compounded the problem by failing to report, in this general election period, that there are four other qualified candidates for governor on the ballot, three of them independents and one of them running as the Reform Party nominee. In doing so, the media magnified the Florida voters' consternation of falsely believing they do not have a choice of alternative candidates.
Contributing to voters’ growing fears, DeSantis has attempted to impose a false stigma and an outdated concept of "socialism" on the "leftist" Democratic candidate. For his part, DeSantis adds to Florida voter consternation by his advocating "right-wing" extremist ideas and offering a nonexistent platform for Florida's problems.
Adding to the consternation, is that neither of the two major party candidates have any state government experience. Neither of them have ever worked in the private sector.
It is not too late for voters to turn their attention to one of the four alternative nominees on the ballot. Floridians should vote for the Darcy Richardson-Nancy Argenziano Reform Party ticket.
Richardson, 62 years old, is a nationally recognized historian and the author of more than ten political books on third parties and nontraditional candidates. He is also an experienced financial consultant in the private sector. His running mate, 63 year old Nancy Argenziano, is a former ten-year Florida Republican state representative and state senator who served from 1996 through 2006. She is also a former Public Utilities Commissioner in Florida from 2007, when she was appointed by then Gov. Charlie Crist, through 2012 when she was removed by Gov. Rick Scott after she left the GOP in 2011.
Richardson and Argenziano possess an overwhelming combination of private sector and state government work experience. They have repeatedly taken independent and courageous positions taken in their adult lives, offering a unique combination of honesty and leadership.
The Reform Party ticket not only offers moderate, incremental reform that will prove more acceptable and realistic to the majority of Floridians. Richardson and Argenziano being on the ballot removes the serious risk factor and fear that so many Floridians are now feeling about only choosing from the highly questionable qualifications of the two major party candidates.
Hernando County resident Brian Moore has worked in the HMO/ Managed Care industry for more than two decades and has worked on vaccination and community development programs across the globe. A longtime political activist, Moore ran for city council and for mayor in Washington D.C., opposing Marion Barry, as an independent. He has as an independent and as a Democrat for governor, Congress and the U.S. Senate in Florida including taking 23 percent against Alex Sink in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He was the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate in 2008.