Suddenly, Democratic governor candidates pop up all over — and it's getting heated – Sun Sentinel
Suddenly, the Democratic candidates for Florida governor are popping up all over the place, their campaigns bursting with energy — and increasingly testy back-and-forth exchanges.
On Friday, it was South Florida’s turn.
Philip Levine wrapped up a bus tour of the state with stops in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Key Largo. Chris King spoke to College Democrats at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Young Democrats in West Palm Beach.
“They’re gearing up,” explained Cynthia Busch, chairwoman of the Broward Democratic Party, describing the increased level of activity by the candidates in the past week.
Levine has been traveling the state by bus for his “Live! from Florida’s Living Rooms” tour, billed as a response to outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State speech this week.
In Fort Lauderdale on Friday, he spoke to about 20 people at the home of former Broward County Commissioner Ken Keechl and his husband Ted Adcock.
Levine was largely biographical, describing his youth in Coral Springs and Hollywood, and the jobs he worked — washing cars, scooping ice cream, parking cars at hotels.
The candidate offered more general ideas than detailed policy prescriptions.
He wants Florida to become known for innovation and investment in people and better public education and higher teacher pay. If elected, he said he’d appoint a chief resilience officer to work on climate change and an economic czar to concentrate on rural Florida.
He told the largely LGBT audience that he wanted a state law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Levine, who often talks about centrism and his desire to win Republican votes, said the governor’s race won’t be won in November simply by opposing President Donald Trump.
He arrived only about a half hour late, avoiding